13 bad cell phone habits that we're all guilty of doing at one point or another

13 bad cell phone habits that we're all guilty of doing at one point or another
We LOVE our phones, right? Especially our modern day smartphones that can do magical things that sometimes causes us to openly profess our love for them even more. Not only do they aid us in a variety of ways throughout our daily lives, such as keeping connected with people through a phone call or catching up with work related stuff, but they’re considered a necessity in this day and age. Strangely, there’s this invisible line that tethers us to them, but more importantly, it simply goes to show that they’re personal things to us.

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.



1. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

butt dial

26. GeekMovement unregistered


3. angelesmec unregistered

I am # 12, my wife always got angry but this is better being an enthusiast about devices rather than cheating..

19. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

is that what it's called these days?!? ;)

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I'm not sure if anyone noticed but there's a mobile version of PhoneArena which they haven't mentioned anything about.

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Also, I'm guilty of #1.

21. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hey you're right!!! lol hmmm i wonder why they haven't said anything yet....

36. J4ck1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 2014

I believe no.4 is ridiculous. What about people with hearing disabilities?

24. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 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: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 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: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 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

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

WoW I'm guilty on 2/3 of it.

8. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No. 7 is the most irritating thing of all. Am I the only victim to it?

9. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i know rigtht

10. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

14. Watching too much porn:-P

11. Osama2332

Posts: 10; Member since: May 04, 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: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

13. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Guilty of 11 & 12.

14. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 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: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 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: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Dec 05, 2011

Number 1, i'm guilty Chat overnight, went sleepy

20. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 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: Dec 04, 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: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 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: Oct 17, 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

33. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

I agree, this article is stupid

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