So I give you, Cell Phone 101:
It is not a walkie talkie.
So unless you are a five year old (more on that later) or a person so old that the concept of even having a home phone is obscure, hold the phone close to your ear and your mouth simultaneously.
It is not, or should not be, a loud speaker. If I can hear the person on the other line #1 I’m pissed, #2 TURN DOWN THE VOLUME. If turning down the volume is too difficult a task for you please consider what that means about all the technology you shouldn’t be allowed to use, based on the fact that you should be smarter than what you’re working with.
If you are the parent of a child under the age of oh. . .thirteen (to be generous) I have one a question for you: why the HECK does your kid need a cell phone?
They should be learning SOCIAL skills by TALK-ING TO PEO-PLE and if you pull the whole “it’s just for emergencies” crap, what the heck are you letting your kid do that either a) you don’t know where they are or b) they aren’t in the vicinity of an adult? Please, for the sake of one more person who can’t make eye contact or read non-verbal cues, don’t. give. your. kid. a cell phone.
If you are a man and you ask for a woman’s phone number, you are expected to CALL her before you text her. Texting is the modern day equivalent of honking outside someones home. Just because this woman may not live at home with a father, who on her behalf, will come outside and scare you off with a shotgun because only a jackass would honk at or for a woman, does not mean you aren’t a jackass. Call the woman.
If you’re in a public place it is NOT an acceptable time to chose a new ring tone.
Lastly, do not text if you are:
Currently talking with someone face-to-face
At a dinner table
Already ON the phone (yes, I can hear you texting!)