13 bad cell phone habits that we're all guilty of doing at one point or another
However, there are just certain scenarios or situations where we really need to stop, think, and realize that maybe we should just disconnect – like entirely. As much as we’d all love to say that we’re perfect when it comes to cell phone etiquette, you’d be surprised that we’ve all done something in the past that we consider nowadays as being a totally bad habit. Come to think about it, the cell phone introduced us to a whole new set of rules when it comes to proper etiquette.
So without further delay, we present to you 13 bad cell phone habits that we’re all guilty of doing at some point or another. Naturally, some are more obvious than others, but if you have a good one that’s not listed, please don’t hesitate to share them with us all.
13 bad cell phone habits that we're all guilty of doing at one point or another
1. Leaving your phone to charge overnight
2. Not placing it on silent for specific occasions
3. Talking obnoxiously loud while on a conversation
4. Sharing conversations over speakerphone
5. Not using Wi-Fi connection as a primary data source when at home
6. Thinking that using the phone while it's raining outside won't ruin it
7. One-worded responses to text messages
8. Not leaving a voicemail/accompanying text as to why you're calling
9. Talking on the phone at inappropriate times
10. Texting while in the middle of conversations
11. Bringing the phone to the dinner table
12. Being totally engrossed by your phone
13. Distracted driving
1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I'm #8. If someone calls me and doesn't leave a voice mail or a text, I tend not to call them back thinking it's not important or that perhaps they accidentally dialed my number.
3. angelesmec (unregistered)
I am # 12, my wife always got angry but this is better being an enthusiast about devices rather than cheating..
4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I'm not sure if anyone noticed but there's a mobile version of PhoneArena which they haven't mentioned anything about.
21. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
hey you're right!!! lol
hmmm i wonder why they haven't said anything yet....
36. J4ck1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2014)
I believe no.4 is ridiculous. What about people with hearing disabilities?
24. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
Unrelated of course but I also discovered this today :) I'm using it now in fact and even sent an email to PhoneArena thanking them for doing this finally. Works great, been a long time coming.
34. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Awesome! Thanks for pointing that out! I've been waiting for the mobile version of phone arena for over a year so im super stoked that its out.
6. JC557 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Apparently the only one I'm guilty of would be the leaving it to charge over night deal. Of course I'm not going to get up in the middle of the f*ing night to unplug the damn thing to please some beatniks and the modern smartphone goes into trickle charge or better.
Also, if you own those water resistant phones I'd say talking in the rain shouldn't be a problem for them... =P
8. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
No. 7 is the most irritating thing of all. Am I the only victim to it?
11. Osama2332 (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 May 2012)
how can i thumb up/down people in this new mobile version of phonearena.
12. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I strongly disagree about #8. In fact in a world which has SMS, facebook and IM, I find voicemail to be useless and irritating. The notification for it won't go off until you open your voice mail, wait for the assistant to say the "Welcome to your voice mail blah blah blah, for incoming messages dial 1". Then dial 1. Then wait for the start of "From 054xxxxxxxxx. Received at xx:xx". Then dial 1 again, only to hear the sound of the other person breathing and coughing as the message itself because the person who was calling you hanged up after the beep. Then dial 2 to delete the message.
Irritating and annoying. And very very very much so.
Oh and before you wonder - NO - we do not have free visual voice mail where I live in.
17. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
I couldn't disagree with you more. The article states "no reason for the call". You can leave a message so many ways (text, FB, Twitter, VM, etc.), so to call and not leave anything is what's obnoxious.
Get an iPhone = visual voicemail.
Don't like iPhones? Get Google Voice.
I don't know about other people, but with Google Voice and iPhone visual voicemail, I haven't checked a voicemail by calling my number in a good 4 years.
14. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
New phones shut off power when the device is fully charged. so leaving them plugged-in all night won't damage their battery.
15. DonkeySauce (Posts: 158; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
Reason #1 is crap... How many smartphones out there will work longer than a day on a charge? Any one I've had may only make it an hour or two into the next day before it shuts off.
16. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I'm guilty of #5 because Verizon's 4G Lte network is faster than my home's Wi-Fi. Plus I’m too lazy to switch between the two haha. BTW talking on my phone while it's raining outside won't damage it, my DROID has liquid repellant nano-coating protecting it.
18. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Number 1, i'm guilty
Chat overnight, went sleepy
20. dcgore (Posts: 206; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
I hate when having a convo, people get a text and won't allow one to finish thought/sentence before responding to the text. Very rude.
The text is going nowhere people.
22. Droid4Life (unregistered)
#14. Obnoxious siriing
ex- you ask somebody whether they want to do something at 3:30 "Siri, what's my schedule today" or "Siri, what's the weather like"
23. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)
No. 8 - Unable to transcribe message. Download? Yes. 3 seconds of silence.
No. 5 - I always plug in my phone when I get home so I never really think about it.
25. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)
My girlfriend. #12
Her mom renewed their contract with Verizon and I shelled out the money to get her a Razr Maxx for her birthday. This is her first legit smartphone so naturally she's obsessed with it (weren't we all?)
Long story short.......I've yet to get laid this week :c not even for her birthday.
27. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
My friends and me do a lot of 1 word messages, I really don't see anything wrong with it, and I also do not see how you being a cheap ass and having a very limited texting plan is my problem hehe
28. beefsupreme (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I charge my phone overnight and don't use wifi because my phone can't connect to it, but other than that I'm apparently not too bad.
29. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I'm really guilty of #1, #8, and #11 the most.
First of all, for #1, yes I do plug my phone in every night before bed, no matter what level my battery is on. Why.? Because the next day when I wake up, it's better safe than sorry to have a fully charged phone than a phone that probably needs to be charged when I head for the day. Also, it's not consumers fault that people can't hear the beep of a phone when it's done charging in a deep sleep. Maybe manufacturers should allow users to set the phone to turn off after it's done charging.? Just a thought.
Second, with #8, it really depends on the occasion of the call. After all, I'm pretty sure people will see that they have a missed call. If I'm calling, say a friend, just for idle chit chat, but they're not available, then there's no need for me to leave a message. However, if I feel that I called my friend for a specific reason and it's urgent, then I may leave a voicemail or shoot them a quick text.
Finally, with #11, IDK it's just a habit. I mean, right now, we don't really have traditional family dinners and I eat in my room majority of the time, so I'm good. :P
I also hate #7.! A one word text message, to me, makes it feel like the other person doesn't care about the conversation. It's especially annoying when the person texts you first, and you try to have a conversation with them, but they're just steady putting out these one word responses. Yeah, I have unlimited text, but even I feel like I'm wasting them. -_-
As for #5, I use Wi-Fi at home because Sprint 3G in this area is horrid. 0.07 Mpbs down and 0.01 Mpbs up.!? Seriously.? Wi-Fi is just SO much better and it really does make my phone's battery last longer.
30. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)
I agree with your #1. I'd rather start the day with 100% battery and know that my alarm will go off rather than risking it. Sorry for your 3G speeds. I've always been spoiled on Sprint and get .8-1.1Mbps on 3G. I guess if I had your speeds I'd be a lot more pessimistic about the carrier.
32. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)
WTF is wrong with leaving my phone to charge overnight when im NOT using it. f**king hippies wanna save the world again by any means necassary
35. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
#10 me i always use my phone while eating then food drops on the phone and i have to change the screen protecter again... its like evry week i change my screen protector lolsss