I dislike loud
talkers on cell phones, too. Now that practically everyone has a
cell, it’s becoming more of a problem. People yell into their cell
phones as if they’re yelling down the street or the person
they’re talking to was in China.
The loud cell
talkers are the worst in an elevator or any confined place.
They’re obnoxious because they don’t have the etiquette to be
considerate of the people around them.
Are they deaf? Are
they afraid someone’s not listening to them? Do they need more
attention? These questions race through my mind when I hear a loud
talker. But instead of saying anything, I shut my mouth, smile, nod
and get more and more annoyed.
not alone. In a Sprint PCS survey, 73 percent of those polled said
Americans are less considerate than they were five years ago. Eighty
percent said cell phone users specifically are less considerate than
they were five years ago. Ironically, the poll shows while most of
us think Americans are getting ruder each year, it’s the other guy
being rude — not us.
Regardless of who
the culprit is, the problem is getting worse. As we get more and
more self-absorbed and egotistic, we are becoming less aware of
others around us. The solution?
Ignore them? Confront them? Earplugs? A muzzle?
Maybe just a hug
and saying, “It’s OK – I hear you” will suffice.
KHNL News 8’s
Melisa Uchida is a Boston University graduate. Catch her Monday
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