Shut ‘Em (Cell Phones) Off!

By Ken Tucci, WBZ-TV

As I wait in line at businesses or even drive on the road, people are too much into their cell phones anymore!  I think there should be a National Cell Phone Shut Off Day, to make people realize how life existed before cell phones.  – Robert, Littleton

Robert is not alone.  Last year the U.S. Dept. of Transportation sponsored a “National two-second turnoff day,” which encouraged young people to take 2-seconds and turn off their phones before driving.

And this guy in Texas thinks we should turn off our cell phones because the big, bad government might be tracking us.

I hate it when people pull out their phones in the middle of another conversation without so much as an “excuse me.”

What do you think your life would be like if you turned the darn thing off for just one day?  Would it be like going through caffeine withdrawal?

More from Declare Your Curiosity
  • emom

    In many ways I agree with a national shut your cell phone’s off… Yes I use my phone and almost every day… But before you say it,, I only use my phone for specific folks and to stay in contact with only a few people… One being on the west coast and by text mostly and only when sitting somewhere and not in my car.. With that said,, I do see so many folks talking into their cells when simply food shopping, gassing up the car, banks, schools, I mean For the most part a conversation CAN wait till after you have finished what you are doing. Oh does that conversation need to be heard by the entire restaurant ,,, I do not believe anyone needs to hear about your escapades from the weekend… or that zit that you popped… Teens only follow what others do, so if we teach them restraint they just might exercise restraint. Like using a cell safely while driving , for the most part many can not handle a cell and drive at the same time. But many can handle it via BLUETOOTH… it is a much safer way if one needs to talk on a phone,, ,However many would differ… Its not for everyone… I have used it for over 10 years and have had no problems .. But more so I feel we need to use better judgment when using a cell in the public view. Like turn it off or at least put it on silent or vibrate while in the library and a restaurant… Oh and those annoying ring tones , why does your phone sound like a fax machine ring…. Weird, anyway,, restraint is another form of common sense, sadly its slowly disappearing from the human race….

  • Willow

    Emom, I agree! I was in line at the supermarket the other day and the woman having her groceries checked out got a call. She proceeded to talk away while the cashier was waiting for her to pay the bill. Not only was she holding her up, but the rest of us in line. I felt like grabbing her phone and stuffing it up her nose. This happens in restaurants where you can barely hear your own conversation because someone close by is yelling into their cellphone. I think respect and etiquette have flown out the window with the advent of cellphones. I hate to be negative about a good thing, but it isn’t the phone I’m being negative about but the people who usually attached to it.

  • Wilson

    Get a bluetooth earphone so it looks like you’re talking to yourself. That always freaks people out. Especially if it’s on the other ear and can’t see it. People are like, who’s this moron talking to and why’s he’s have a loud conversation with himself?

  • tsal

    I’m not sure we need a turn off your cell phone day as much as we need lessons in etiquette. Unfortunately, that applies across the board and not just to cell phones. The words please and thank you do not exist. The word ME is alive and very well. I use my phone all of the time. Yes, I am more than slightly addicted to it. I rarely use it as a phone, however. I never use it in a public place nor do I sit and talk to someone at dinner or in a supermarket. That irritates me to no end.

    I am equally irritated by noisy kids in public or by loud adult conversations that I just do not want to listen to. I also get really upset when two people stand in the middle of a grocery store aisle talking and don’t move for others to get around them.

    Basically, it isn’t just the phones – courtesy is quickly dying.

  • Wilson

    Since we’re now all over the map…Personally, I get irritated when someone takes longer than 2 seconds to respond to a green light. Or when someone in a public bathroom leaves the seat down. Or, how about trying to sleep and a mosquito keeps flying around your ear. My all time biggest irritation is a waitress with an attitude . Find a new profession sweethart. Don’t get me started.

  • emom

    I have to add to this, that so many folks say talking on your cell phone with or with out a Bluetooth is dangerous.. Well I might tend t agree with part of that,,, Using a cell phone , holding it up to your ear, holding it with your right hand and driving with your left,,, Try it see how hard it truly is,, or hold it to your ear with your SHOULDER all while driving… How ever is having a conversation on a cell phone any different than a conversation with your PASSENGERS. I find talking with anyone in the vehicle will cause more of a distraction while driving.. THING ABOUT IT….. There you are talking and your passenger is talking and with out any thinking you turn your face toward them… or look in the back seat,,, This takes your eyes of the road, creating a dangerous problem.. Sure most can handle it,, But a split second is all it takes when your EYES leave the road, and something bad can happen.. YES I TALK to my passengers, But have trained myself to stay focused with my surroundings… But when I am alone and have my cell on , I use my Bluetooth and talk with the caller.. But I have found that while I am alone and talking to the other person via BLUETOOTH, I keep my eyes on the road at all times. I can see things all around me and use my mirrors. There is no hands holding the cell, no wires, and turning the cell on and off is as simply as pushing a button.. Total control,, SURE many feel any form of talking on the cell is distracting, I beg to differ,. Since having screaming kids in the vehicle can fray the nerves of any mother and create challenges for any driver.. Maybe some form of safety should be used But so many just don’t care….

  • David

    Check out the “National Day of Unplugging” by a group called Reboot.

  • My 15 minutes of fame: Kicking the cellphone addiction | Stephanie Silverstein

    […] volunteered to help WBZ Anchor David Wade with a story he was working on after a viewer declared his curiosity about what it would be like if everyone shut off their phones for a […]

  • TOEFL Vorbereitung

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve be aware your stuff prior to and you are simply too fantastic. I really like what you’ve obtained here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way in which during which you assert it. You’re making it enjoyable and you still care for to stay it sensible. I cant wait to learn far more from you. That is actually a tremendous website.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Show
Download Weather App

Listen Live