I am tired of listening to loud private conversations on cell phones in public. Maybe I’m the only person bothered by this, and if this is the case then disregard this letter. But I am guessing that others may feel similarly irritated by being forced to listen to the intimate details of stranger’s lives and escapades while trying to study in the library or chill in the Green Bean, or even wait in a dentist office lobby.
Quick, quiet conversations on the phone don’t bother me at all; nor do regular conversations among groups of people or hearing a cell phone conversation in passing. But as we become adults, we must be aware of the behavior in which we engage publicly and its effect on others, and consequentially, the standards for manners we are setting. I think that spending thirty minutes on the phone while sitting next to other people is a product of our sense of entitlement to space and indifference toward others.
I know I would appreciate it if these conversations were taken outside, to a dorm room, or to an unoccupied common room. If you disagree with this, at least please consider the space you occupy on and off campus and how you treat it. Thank you!
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