Cellular Phone Etiquette


Talking on a cell phone can be a joyous event. Especially, if you are talking to someone you care about, or that you have not heard from in some time. If you asked my friends about me they would say, “Ken is always on his phone.”
Talking on a cell phone requires you answer the phone when you get a call. It does seem simple enough. Yet, you can answer different cellular phones in many ways. If it is a slider phone, you just slide the phone up, and there is someone talking to you. If it is a flip phone, you flip it open, and there is someone speaking. Also, some cell phones are simpler, and all you do is push a button. Talking on a cell phone requires a cell phone, a caller, and a person receiving the call. The convenient thing about cell phones is you can take them with you wherever you go.
The biggest thing that interferes while you are talking on a phone is trying to do another activity at the same time. For example, trying to drive in traffic or trying to walk and not paying attention to what is happening around you. From experience, this is not always a great idea. I have dropped my phone before, because of trying to do too many things. A lot worse could have happened to me.
The explicit or implied purpose of talking on a cell phone is to give, or receive information. The desired outcome is to give or receive important information. For example, to find out the address for a business, find out what grocery items to shop for, or catching up on a friend’s day.

Juridical Controls

The juridical controls of talking on a cell phone are enforced in some states. In Montana, you are supposed to pull over while talking on a cellular phone. Obviously, this is not enforced extremely well. My friend Nora, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and she had to buy a headset because the city has an enforced law that if you do not have a headset, than you are driving recklessly and will be pulled over, and fined a hefty amount of money. Other cities that fine by jurisdiction are Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Some of the implied rules or standards of talking on a phone are: talk at a reasonable volume level, do not talk on the phone while dining with others, and pull over if you receive a call while driving.
For example, before watching a movie in a theater, they suggest you turn off your phone in the opening credits. In high school, if you use your cellular phone while in class, some teachers will take your phone away, at least for that period. I think people disregard most of the implied rules of cellular phone usage because they know they can get away with it.
The juridical controls of texting on a cellular phone while driving are non-existent in Montana. If you were to text while driving you wouldn’t be pulled over, but it is probably not a smart idea. However, texting is becoming a popular way to communicate with the upcoming generations, and it can be annoying when trying to have a conversation with someone in person and they are trying to carry on another conversation over text.

Measure of Burdens

The burden of cellular phones’ rules or laws exists because we are communicating to people through a portable phone. I believe we get attached to this piece of metal and plastic. So, if you cannot use your phone at your convenience, you may experience some anxiety. In a sense, the phone is more real to some people than an actual human. I become extremely frustrated when the phone is ringing and I am trying to do other activities. It makes me feel overwhelmed. I talked to a couple of my friends, and they agreed with this. It is like something helpful becomes a nuisance. The effect of juridical controls on direct action concerning cellular phones is people really do not have many laws to obey in most states. I think we would have a safer world if some laws were made and enforced regarding cellular phone usage. People do not listen when they are told to turn off their phone before watching movies in theaters. So, would they listen to a law? Maybe, if this law was enforced.

Escaping Juridical Controls

I believe people in Montana are pretty carefree and easygoing. The way we escape the juridical controls or implied standards of cellular phone etiquette is that we acknowledge them, but do not always follow them. In states where they have cellular phone laws, this is why they are still giving tickets and charging fines. Also, people may know better than to drive and talk on their phone, but still do it if there is no law enforcing it. The biggest way to escape the controls of cellular phone usage is to not have a cellular phone. You could still have a home phone and communicate with people. I think this would give you the feeling of being in control, instead of your cellular phone controlling you.
Looking over this paper, I get the feeling of how much technology controls us. A cellular phone could cause your death because you think talking to someone is more important than having your faculties to drive safely. I do not think most people understand the seriousness of this. I did not. I think as a society we need to have control over technological devices. We need to have standards for cellular phone usage, not just talking, but texting as well. Especially when some people’s behavior can cause tragic accidents. Our world could definitely change for the worse if we do not have control over technology.

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