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Old 04-21-2003, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cell Phone Users = Morons?

I can't tell you how many times I've seen people do stupid things while on their cell phone. Don't get me started about how many times someone could have killed me while they yapped on their phone while driving (and not paying the least bit of attention to the road and the other drivers). Is it the person that's stupid, the cell phone that makes the person stupid, or both, or neither?
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
The person's stupid to begin with. The cell phone just gives them an outlet for that stupidity.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You raise a very interesting question. I know many very intelligent people who lose their smarts once you put a cell phone in their ear.

I also know some dumb bunnies who use restraint and uncommon courtesy with their cell phones.

Maybe a cell phone morphs you into your opposite!!
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
The person is stupid to begin with, the cell phone just makes them worse.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Your odds of being in a serious accident while on a cell phone are about the same as your odds of being in one when you have a BAC of .04.

Anyone want to start Mothers Against Cellphone Driving? MACD doesn't have a ring to it though...
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think that it is a specific kind of intelligence. Some people are smart when it comes to math. Some people are very articulate. Some people are brilliant musically. Some people are smart when they use cell phones. Others are complete morons when on their cell phones.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Drunk + Mobile = Stupidity

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Old 04-21-2003, 06:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use it when I'm not driving, and not in crowded rooms. I'll step outside or at least oout of the room i fI think someone will have a problem wiht me using it. I'll pull over if I need to take a call.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I try to only use my headset and voice-activated dialing when I'm driving. With that, it's no more distracting or unsafe than having a conversation with people in the car. Which can still be unsafe and distracting, but you don't see legislation about that!

People who try to dial a phone, drink coffee, eat lunch, put on makeup and curl their toes while driving are the REAL problem, after all!
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:29 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i'm a little embarrassed using a cell phone in public, because i'm aware of so many idiots making asses of themselves. I just hate to think I'd look like that.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I guess my biggest peav with cell phones is in restaurants. It's really hard to eat when everyone is discussing EVERYthing at double their normal volume. And what is it exactly about people raising their voices when they're talking on the cell phone?
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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a friend of mine says that the radiation is something to be concerned about (from the engineers and designers of the cellular systems) he says that it's going to wean out the assholes and the idiots...

i think it's pretty accurate.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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i think that there's an unwritten law in jersey where if you're talking on your cell phone while driving your car MUST straddle two lanes of traffic while going about 5 miles under the speed limit.

then, of course, when you flash your hi-beams and try to pass, they get all pissy and slow down even more...

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Old 04-21-2003, 08:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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My mom doesn't turn off her cell phone when we go out (if she remembers to take it at all), and it's extremely embarassing when she gets a call, because she talks loud -already- and her voice seems like a loudspeaker in a restaurant, so everyone's staring at us while she's on the phone, and I just hate that crap with a passion. The only time a cell phone is useful is in an emergency, in my humble opinion.

And it seriously bugs me when someone's cell phone rings in the middle of a class or something and then they have to disrupt the teacher by getting up, shuffling down the aisle, and waddling out of the room to talk to their "pookie" or their "boo." Good god.
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Old 04-21-2003, 08:28 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The person is stupid to begin with, the cell phone just makes them worse.

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Old 04-21-2003, 08:53 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I work in retail. The thing that pisses me off is people who come up to pay for their stuff and continue talking on their damn cell phone and completly ignore the fact there is a real person in front of them. I just want to grab their phone and shove it up their ass.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:03 AM   #17 (permalink)
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driving + talking over the phone at the same time is prohibited over here.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:08 AM   #18 (permalink)
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there is a time and place for everything. cell phones users can be intelligent. it is just hard to see it just because there are so many dumb ones out there
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:12 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I agree with the general consensus of the thread, they just bring out the stupidity in people.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:14 AM   #20 (permalink)
All cell phone users are morons. But not all morons are cell phone users.

Or something like that j/k
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:18 AM   #21 (permalink)
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They definitely bring out stupidity in people. The worst though, aside from driving with one, is when someone is with a group of people (or just you) and their phone rings, and instead of telling the person they are busy and will call back later, they apologize to you and take the call. Just pisses me off when my friends do that...
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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So no one here has a cell phone? I find that very hard to believe. Now one thing I have to say in defense of the cell phone user is that not all, not even most, cell phone users are morons. The fact of the matter is that there are morons everywhere. And alot of people have cell phones. This thread should be called "Lets swap stupid cell phone stories" which we all can do. Of course we could also have a bad drivers (with no cell phone involved) thread. Anoying people at movies thread (again could even limit that to no cell phone stories and would still have plenty) and as far as using the hands free mic to talk on the cell phone I do not see how that is any safer. I mean that is based on the theory that people are more unsafe on self phones becasue they are only driving with one hand. But I always only drive with one hand (as do most,or atleast alot of, people) and I also sometimes (rarely) will drive and talk on the cell phone. And not to toot my own horn but I think I am a decent enough driver either way. Of course I am also just not an idiot. And as for talking on a cell phone while driving increasing your chances of getting into a wreck as much as having a BAC of .04 I have heard that before but I would take that with a grain of salt. People can use statistics to "prove" anything. That could just be an example of that.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:19 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I spend a great deal of time in my car and with my job. A cell phone is a necessity. I do use a hands free when I am in the car and I have a phone with voice activated dialing to minimize handling. I try to use my cell phone intelligently and minimize the use when I am in the car. not only due to safety, but its also pretty expensive.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:21 AM   #24 (permalink)
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The person's stupid to begin with. The cell phone just gives them an outlet for that stupidity.
Agreed - rude and stupid people are going to be rude and stupid - regardless of the level of technology involved.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:38 AM   #25 (permalink)
I have no cell phone. I would not take one without significant payment, and then it would spend its time with the battery discharged.

I have a pager. It is on when I'm not at home. If it's urgent, people page me. If it's an emergency, they put 911 after the number. If it's not an emergency and they put 911 after the number, they get a fucking earful when I call them back.

In Wal-Mart here, some girl knocked over a center island display of 12-packs of sodas because she was too busy on her cell phone to watch where she was going. A 5-year old got hit in the head and had to be taken to the emergency room. The little bitch tried to slip off unnoticed, but me and two other people caught up with her before she got out of the store.

If cellphones and WALKING are this dangerous, imagine cellphones + driving.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:42 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I work for a cellular company. One of the perks is that everyone gets free mobile phone service. The drawback to this is that our break room is constantly stuffed with these idiots on their phones trying to shout above each other in their own one-sided conversations. Just try to have a relaxing smokie break when you've got 10 people in the smoke room with you hollering at their kids, parents, & significant others.

I'm gonna make a sign that says "Please insert mobile phones securely in rectum before entering." and stick it on the door there.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:57 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Last night I was at the Movie Bulletproof monk. I am sitting there trying to enjoy some quality time when some Renob answers his cell phone as loudly as possible. The person hung up on him, so he called them back right there in the middle of the theatre. It took many loud comments to get this guy to take it outside. I think the problem is that most people dont care about anyone but themselves. I myself own a cell, but I turn it off in movies, pull over to answer a call, etc. People need to realize that even though they are talking to someone on a phone that does not excuse them from interacting with society in a normal manner.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:00 AM   #28 (permalink)
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my phone stays on perpetual vibrate and i glance at the number unless it looks like an emergency i wait until im somewhere private to call em back
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:17 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Cell Phones can cause problems. I am the first one to admit that I shouldn't drive with one, but I do.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:19 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:22 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I use my cell phone while driving, and will continue to do so. I'm very safe, though. I've dropped it into my lap a number of times when the road demands my complete attention. People that know me know this, and respect it.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:54 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I only use my cell phone in the car occasionally, and only then when it is safe to do so.
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Old 04-21-2003, 12:17 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I had a cell phone for a period of time, and it was off unless I was making a call. I checked for messages periodically, but only once or twice a day or so... and yes people who abuse them annoy the shit out of me. If cell phone jammers were legal I'd be a happy man.
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Old 04-21-2003, 12:22 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I got rid of my phone a few years ago and really can't think of any times when I really needed it again.

It's just stupid.
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Old 04-21-2003, 01:08 PM   #35 (permalink)
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And then there's the Nextel commercials with Dennis Frantz for the combination cell phone / walkie talkie.

Thank you, Nextel - because, God knows, it wasn't annoying enough hearing just <i>one</i> side of a phone conversation !!
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Old 04-21-2003, 01:31 PM   #36 (permalink)
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i haven't gotten one just because i don't want to seem like an idiot...i hate it when they talk when they're driving...one almost ran over my gramma in grocery store parking lot once....to get him to stop backing up i smacked his van with my hand a few times really hard....scared the bejesuz out of my gramma
i don't like it when i'm in a restaurant and some really loud teenage girl is screaming into hers "oh my god ! really! no way!! i can't believe it!!" just pisses me off!!!!
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Old 04-28-2003, 07:34 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I don't think all cell phone users are morons. Someone already mentioned that some people are stupid to start out with. The cell phone merely exaberates their stupidity when they use it in certain situations. The worst is when people use them in movie theaters and restrooms.
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Old 04-28-2003, 07:53 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 04-28-2003, 07:56 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I ditched my cell phone 6 years ago because the cell provider pissed me off. I haven't really had a reason for one since then, but I'd still like to get another one for emergencies.

As far as people talking on cell phones while driving, it all depends on the idiot or genius behind the wheel. I can handle it, but I know most people can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. Because of that, I totally back any laws the prohibit talking on a hand-held while driving.
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Old 04-28-2003, 08:04 AM   #40 (permalink)
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I live just south of Los Angeles where everyone, their mother and their pre-teen children have cell phones and they have just become a nuisance here. People driving on the busy freeways and talking on the cells just piss me off to no end. They are either driving too fast and not paying attention, driving too slow and not paying attention, or swerving in and out of their lane not paying attention. The main problem is THEY JUST DON'T PAY ATTENTION!
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