An editorial / By Dale McFeatters
Scripps Howard News Service
April 04, 2006
Good. I'm in an elevator and you keep breaking up. If it happens again I'll just shout - I SAID I'LL JUST ... Oh, OK.
The reason I called is this Pew survey about cell phones ... CELL PHONES! The elevator? I'd say pretty full.
Anyway, you know how Americans are into self-this, self-that and self-the-other-thing? Self-esteem, self-actualization, self-improvement, self-empowerment. The one thing they're not is self-aware. SELF-AWARE! No, they don't mind. Why would they? This is important.
So this survey says almost 90 percent of cell-phone users have encountered people who are rude, annoying or irritating - IRRITATING! - on their cell phones. Look, buddy, I'll be off the phone in a second. Will this stupid elevator ever reach the lobby?
But only 8 percent of cell-phone users say that they themselves are sometimes rude. I'd say that's a disconnect. DISCONNECT! CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Do you have a cheap phone or are you just DEAF?
The survey says that three-fourths have used their cell phones in an emergency, which I've got to do right now because things have turned a little ugly here. Talk to you later.
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