Why do cell phones make us so rude?

I have issues with people and their cell phones. Check out this week’s Top of Utah Voices column for the Standard Examiner. Sorry for the rant, it’s why they pay me the big bucks (which are actually kind of small).


  1. Amen sista!

  2. I agree with every word you typed.

  3. Amen, girlfriend! Snaps! This annoys me so much.

  4. Annie, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog awhile back. It made my day. 🙂 I love your articles. I swear you take the words right out of my brain. This cell phone thing is something I have to battle my husband on. It seems like he is ALWAYS on his phone checking email, facebook, his favorite websites, etc. It drives me batty. Today I got on facebook to find out that one of my best friends is engaged. What!? I had to find out on the web? No phone call? Not even a text? My feelings were a little hurt. I guess it’s the new way of life and it’s kind of sad. Anywho, I think you’re great!

  5. I loved it!!!

  6. I agree with it all. I got a cool new phone for Christmas and I have had to really discipline myself to STAY OFF OF IT during the day. It can be very addictive.

  7. PERFECT! I have been having this conversation with my husband lately and just wondering if I am getting old and just don’t understand. But you are so right that the youth are not learning valuable social interaction. It really makes me worry about how the business world will be when my girls have to jump in to that.
    I have saved a copy so I can print it up later and leave it out on my coffee table for my nieces to read! No, I will not email it to them…I will politely ask them to read it the next time they are over!

  8. right on the money! (wish you got more of it!!!)

  9. Any time I get a text or email about something I find offensive, I email back I disregard anything that isn’t said to me in person. And lately I’ve been not answering my phone. I thought the phone was for my convenience. Not everyone else’s. My next step is getting a home phone. I don’t want everyone getting a hold of me a moments notice. It’s getting on my nerves. I love it when my phone dies. And I dislike texting.

    I’m turning into on old fuddy-duddy. I’m okay with that BTW.

  10. All I can say is Amen to that sister! And I have no qualms admitting that I am a dinosaur from the stone age because I refuse to get caught up in the texting/app world. I am sure my kids will someday accuse me of being archaic, but hopefully they will learn a little something about the importance of face to face communication.

    And on another note, want to know the saddest thing I’ve heard lately?! That after Kindle is around for a few more years, all paper books will eventually be done away with. What is this world coming to?

  11. I frequently get accused of “screening” my calls because I don’t answer my cell phone. It’s simply not true. I just don’t answer/interrupt unless it’s my husband (because he rarely calls unless it’s important.) Likewise, I’m not a huge fan of texting. Not because I can’t do it but rather because there’s so much lost in a conversation of that type.

    Basically, I’m 100% behind you, Annie.

  12. Don’t even have a cell phone, and I totally agree. Great article!

  13. do u thnk I txting efects my sp when I post on regulr blogs? I dnt thnk so. Gr8 articl ann!

  14. absa-freaking-lutely.
    My best friend, who when in Utah we often times had a hard time getting together due to our busy schedules….so when we DID get away for lunch or a visit, she’d spend most of it on her damn cell or texting.
    She’d just drive out of her driveway, and then 5 min. later had to call her 17 year old daughter at home to “see if everything is ok”. WHAT.
    She’s 17. She’s ok. You just left.
    then about 10 min, later, same daughter would call to make sure mom knew she was ok. Plus a few texts inbetween.
    Once upon a time, we didn’t have cell phones. We did fine. People actually visited –and paid attention. Oh yeah, I have issues.
    I don’t have a cell
    And when I did, it used to take me 10 min. just to text “hi, how are you”.