Technology has come a long way, Baby. We can now communicate in our cars ... our boats ... anywhere when we're out and about. And the means to do this - the cell phone - has become so miniaturized as to make it seem almost incapable of actually being able to carry our voices across the city, the state and the country.

I "think" that's one of the reasons some users of the cell phone believe they have to shout into their cells in order that they're heard at the other end.

Trust me ... it's not necessary.

Today several of us were treated to a cell yeller. We didn't want to be party to her conversation but we were. Those who truly objected simply left the store. Others cast nasty glances and shook their heads but to no effect. The yeller was oblivious to all but her party on the other end.

One would think that common sense would dictate that the caller (or callee? lol) simply walk out of the place of business to carry on his or her conversation in private. This simple solution apparently makes too much sense and thus it is often overlooked. Lowering one's voice also would seem to be a partial answer to the problem of disturbing others, but evidently this also doesn't occur to many yellers. The message being delivered is: I'm on the phone and I'm the center of my universe so you're going to have to accept it or go elsewhere.

My solution? I think when cells are purchased, we should have to pass a test of sorts. Let's call it a Courtesy Test. While the instrument of technology has become much smarter ... it would seem we users of such are sorely lagging behind.



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