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Are You “That Jerk With the Cell Phone”? [LIST]

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One of the best parts of wireless technology is the ability to be in virtually every corner of the globe with the touch of a button.  But what about the world in front of you?

Too many of us are using our cell phones to shut out what’s going on around us, as we escape into our own little worlds. But just because you’re not paying attention to what’s ‘out there’, everyone around you is focusing on you and how rude and oblivious you are to the world just inches away from your nose.

There are several ways we can behave badly with our cell phones in public.  Have you ever stopped to think whether you might be a violator?  The Stir says be on the lookout for any or all of these behaviors:

1) You’re at the waterpark with your kids, and you still have the Bluetooth in your ear. Because why give your kids your undivided attention on a family outing, right?

2) You’re using your phone as a music player without a set of headphones. Doesn’t everyone want to hear your favorite song at top volume?

3) You’re holding a conversation in the bathroom stall.

4) You’re walking and texting. Who cares that you’re holding up a line of people trying to actually use the sidewalk?

5) You’re in the driver’s seat of your car, and you’re just chatting away. Lives at risk, schmives at risk.

6) Worse: you’re in the driver’s seat, and you’re texting.

7) You’re at a movie theater, and when your phone rings, you don’t turn it off, you actually answer it. Then you proceed to carry on a conversation while still sitting in your seat. Who really listens to all the dialogue in the movie anyway, right?

8) You’re at dinner anywhere, and your face is staring down at the little screen in your hand. What? You wanted me to pass the what? Don’t you know the Jets are playing today?

9) You’re at dinner, and you’re talking to someone on the phone instead of the people right in front of you.


10) You’re on the checkout line, and you’re talking on the phone instead of paying attention to the cashier. What do you mean there are people who actually want to get home before their ice cream melts?

How many of these describe you and your cell phone habits?

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