So many people don't know how to use them. No, I don't mean they don't know how to text or use particular apps. I mean that so many people don't seem to realize that the phone's microphone is only about 1" from their mouth, so they don't need to talk loud enough for people to hear them 20 or 30 feet away. I ride buses a lot so the person who talks loudly to the person in the next seat is now augmented by the person talking loudly on their cell phone. 

And the louder the talker, the less I want to hear the subject matter. Usually, they are in an animated conversation about a friend or acquaintance, or else they are going into "more than I needed to know" territory like, "I'm sorry I didn't make your party last night, I just got out of jail." or (and I actually heard this one once) "I found I'm pregnant. Ain't that a (expletive deleted) bitch?!!!"

Also, some people, especially young women, seem to live most of their lives on the cell phone. I take a public bus to my day job and it's not uncommon to have some young woman talking about some third person, the latest party, clothing bargains, or whatever, for almost the entire 45 minute ride!

Teachers tell us that texting in class is a huge problem with many students (and I can imagine that most of them are girls) are heads down while they read and send texts, often to someone right there in class with them? If we're concerned with girls not being competitive with boys in the workplace, why not start with taking away their cell phones so that their nose can be pointed forward toward the teacher and blackboard?

There is technology to block cell phone technology by interrupting the cell signal at the perimeter of the building, but there are legal problems with that approach.

Flying used to offer at least a brief respite from cell phone fiends, but this may soon be coming to an end. The FAA is considering allowing cell phone usage on planes.

What are your thoughts about cell phones in general and cell phones on planes in general. If use on planes is approved, what rules and restrictions would you suggest. Time limits on calls? No loud talking?

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Some ancient Greeks were vehemently opposed to reading and writing because it would destroy the oral tradition.

Such as Socrates, which we know because Plato wrote it down. 

The ubiquitous cell phone has made it possible, with Facebook/Twitter/text messaging, for those so inclined to share all the minutia of their daily existence with the rest of the world's populace. I am not sure why this trivial compulsion exists. Does obsessing with texting negatively affect one's social skills when interacting with others in person? I wonder.

I think that cell phones, esp "smart phones" make it too easy to track people and overhear what they are up to. Now that is not really a problem most of the time, but there are times I'd rather not let the world know what I'm up to.

I see sometimes people on cell phones, like blue tooth that if you don't look carefully, they look exactly like they are talking to themselves.

I don't fly much on planes so it's most likely not a problem for me, but I can see that some loudmouth yacking on a phone for who knows long might get a bit irritating since I personally hate unnecessary noise and I don't have a good solution for it other than to keep some ear plugs handy. 

I think that cell phones, esp "smart phones" make it too easy to track people and overhear what they are up to. Now that is not really a problem most of the time, but there are times I'd rather not let the world know what I'm up to.

Rooting your phone and installing a custom rom with security features is a good step to countering this. Android makes it simple. iOS, less so.

I go to a support group FULL of women who are either in or leaving abusive relationships...we live in a third party consent state so text messages and phone emails are sometimes our easiest and strongest ally to "prove" abuse that's happening. We always laugh and joke... "Oh he texted that! GOOD!!! The Judge will LOVE that"

On the otherhand some abusers "track" their movement with it. So it's a good and a bad thing sometimes. It can aid in building a court case to protect your children from abuse or become a weapon to control a person...good and bad...

I'm so happy that loud phone calls on public transport, or just generally loudness, is a social taboo here. The thing that annoys me most about Americans is their lack of an inside voice.

As for phones on planes I don't take too much issue with it as long as it's policed as to not disturb other passengers. It's already WiFi on most flights I take and quite a few people are talking on their mobiles, butI've yet to be disturbed by it.

The thing that annoys me most about Americans is their lack of an inside voice.

Got a little stereotype going there? After all, there are plenty of Americans (myself included) who are annoyed by loud talking.

I've been on WiFi enabled flights but never felt the need to pay the small amount to get online when I could, instead, read or take a nap..

A generalization perhaps, but one that applies to many/a majority people and thus not completely unwarranted, similar to a lack of knowledge about geography. I truly feel sorry for those of you which aren't loud, must be a challenging existence.

And Wifi's free here.

And Wifi's free here.

Oh, really? You don't pay taxes, either? 

You MEAN it's free by the time you get it, because you already paid for it. 

At least here, those who don't use it don't have to pay for it.

Just like your WiFi is free, so is my police and fire service and my local public library. 

"There's no such thing as a free lunch."

Oh I do... My WiFi at home is free, as in paid for by my employer, but I have to pay 47% tax on it.

What I meant is that there is no fee to access the wireless, it's included in the price. Then again, I rarely pay for my flights.

There's a reason I carry a pair of headphones around with me. That phone is also a music player. I would say that not talking loudly would be common courtesy, but outlawing it would, I believe, be a violation of the first amendment.

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