Whinging Wednesday - Mobile Phone Nuisance

My husband often travels to work by train because his office is in a city which is two and a half hours away. His favourite complaint is about noisy people in 'quiet' carriages. They actively ignore carriages where everyone is chatting and playing with their phones, to sit in  the designated 'quiet' carriages to indulge in loud activities. One would think that if you plan on being noisy, the last place you'll choose to sit is in an area other than the quiet zone.

Anyway, last week I had to go to Wales on the train. Usually, I do this trip by car, but because I was going to an entirely new place and wasn't sure about how to get there, taking the train was a better option for me. I'm usually a stressed traveller. I'm terrible at finding my way around so I depend heavily on directions from the station announcers and arrival/departure boards. In the waiting area, was a woman sitting beside me loudly chatting on her phone oblivious to everything around her. Trains came and went, doors slid and shut, but on she went, babbling and cackling on her little sweet box glued to her ear.

There was a slight change in the my train journey. While the boards were being updated, the announcer informed us of the new plans. As the voice on the loudspeaker rose, the woman beside me talked even louder into her phone. I strained my ears to hear what was being said about my train, but the constant squealing next to me drowned out any chance I had of comprehension. When the voice paused for breath, so did the woman. As the voice started to speak again, so did she - into her phone. When the voice rose in pitch, so did she (I suppose so that the person with whom she spoke could hear her better). She ignored the fact that people sitting in the waiting room with her actually wanted to hear the announcement. The only thing important to her was passing time chatting about nothing on her mobile phone.

How inconsiderate!

Years ago I remember thinking how convenient mobile phones were. Now I think they're a big fat nuisance. Inconsiderate people everywhere have found their place in society. They pollute the world with their consistent and inconsequential babbling. Now that they have mobile phones, we all have to suffer as we listen to them go on and on and on; constant rubbish tumbling out of their mouths.

Whinge finished. What winds you up?

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Anonymous February 3, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

My friend and I were recently talking about the prevalence of technology in our day to day lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that debate we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as the price of memory falls, the possibility of copying our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I dream about every once in a while.

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Anonymous February 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

This would wind me up! There are many people who glue their ears to the cell phone even at 6 in the morning, and talk loudly for everyone to hear.

There is no such thing as quiet time anymore nowadays!

myletterstoemily February 4, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

mobile phones + bad manners = miserable neighbors.

there should be 'fence' laws for cell phones, using the
adage 'fences make good neighbors."

cube February 4, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

Rude (and loud) people on cell phones is high on my list, but I also get worked up about the ubiquitous bad grammar and misspellings across the blogosphere.

Anne Lyken-Garner February 4, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

Cube, if you check my whinging Wednesdays, I've got that one covered too.:-)

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