The answer is a firm YES!
Rude mobile phone users are anywhere. Most people who are being impolite don’t even realize that they’re doing it. I would encourage mobile users to realize that the space they occupy when in public, is to be shared with others, not dominated upon.
The dangers some mobile phone users are placing on themselves and others, may be selfish or thoughtless.
The noise pollution that one has to endure while people are avoiding their responsibilities is growing.
By choice, I have resisted getting a mobile phone for many years because some of the things I have had to endure as a motorist, as a pedestrian, as a passenger on a train/tram or while entertaining dinner guests. Here are some reasons why.
When I have guests over for dinner and they have their mobile phones on the table and then answer it, I have to look at the tops of their heads, it stifles conversation and it’s disrespectful.
When I see pedestrians walking on the phone while trying to cross the road and holding motorists up, it’s annoying.
When I see young mothers pushing a pram, walking the dog and talking on the phone while walking on the footpath, it’s dangerous.
When I see others on public transport shouting into their mobile phones, it’s distracting.
When I see others talking into their mobile phones and I can hear their private conversations, it’s embarrassing.
When I see others multi tasking then dropping shopping, bags, papers or bumping into you, it’s disrespectful.
When in church and people are making business deals during the ceremony, its sheer tactless and blasphemous.
Who decides on the answering time for missed phone calls? I have friends who are stressed because they have to answer phone calls the same day.
Someone who asks you to turn your mobile phone down or off is in good faith, and you should comply in good faith. They have a reason for asking, and it’s probably not that they’re trying to dominate you or hassle you or restrict you.
It is not other people’s responsibility to cope with your mobile phone use, it is your responsibility to use your mobile phone inoffensively. The word “inoffensively” is not defined by what you expect others to tolerate.
If people don’t answer calls or emails on the same day could it be because they are busy or not feeling well? Could it be because they are prioritizing their work load and communications?
I’m not against mobile phones, but I say a healthy dose with respect for others, using discretion and balance, would make life easier for all. Following etiquette would give us more time for family and friends and improve our relationships with others.
Jesus calls for “kingdom behavior.” God is our ultimate host, and we, as hosts should behave as guests.