How to deal with public cell phone talkers

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One of my technology pet peeves is people talking on their cell phone in public places. And I’m not just talking about places where quiet is expected like in a movie theater. I’m talking about at a restaurant, in line at the grocery store or any other public gathering where people are forced to listen to their conversation.

My method has always been that if I receive an important call in a public place, I excuse myself from the people I’m with and walk to a more private location to have my conversation. I don’t return until I’m off the phone.

I only wish other people would do the same. Instead they force everyone around them to hear their boring conversations about what friend did what to what friend or how they can’t believe so and so did such and such.

This is why the guy in this video is my hero. He came up with a way to deal with these public talkers by sitting down next to them with his phone to his ear acting like he is on the receiving end of their conversation.

The results are funny but unfortunately I’m not sure the people he does this to have any clue why he is doing it.

Want to unplug for a bit?

What’s your opinion on people talking on their cell phones in public? Would you love to do what this guy did? Leave a comment below and let me know.




  1. Sheila K Gilbert

    I’m with you Mr. Noobie. I spend lots of time in airports and it is almost impossible to find a quiet spot to sit. Between cell phones and TV’s every few feet. But I can tune out the TV’s – it is harder to do that with a cell phone user. I am hearing that they may allow cell phones in the air after take off. I hope not – that would be miserable.

  2. redfox62

    I hear loud conversations all the time around me especially when commuting on public transportation I tend to tune them out as background noise. I will only answer a text while traveling if I am seated. I call back to whoever calls me when I am in a quieter place so I can hear the conversation. I feel my phone calls are private and not part of public domain. Bad enough they track everything we do on the phone.

  3. Colleen Kelly

    Generally people are downright RUDE with their cell phone behaviors! In an emergency or real necessity I can see it but you DON’T have to answer the phone or text every time it demands attention … it is rude to the people you are with and to the general public who is forced to listen to your (what should be) private conversations … oh and by the way, I have had a mobile phone since 1987 when they were still bag phones so I am an early adopter of technology …

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