1. Crystal Waterford

    You wrote: The MP3 player may not disturb the public peace – unless the listener is singing along at the top of his voice – but it does pose a safety hazard. If the volume is turned up, the listener can’t hear other environmental sounds – such as warning sounds – horn beeps, a warning shout, sirens.

    This is far short of the impact of the MP3 player. Many people do not bother to check their headphones for sound bleed, condemning those around them (particularly on the bus or train) to the half-heard soundtrack of somebody else’s choice. And invariably, a request that the individual turn down the music is met with a coarse variation of “why should I” or “you can’t make me”.

  2. It’s normally ok if done discretely, however, when the person’s phone makes a goofy noise for each incoming text message, it can be an obnoxious distraction. It’s also rude if you’re on a date or meeting someone and at the first sign of silence, whip it out instead of starting a new subject or making small talk.

  3. Michelle

    “For example, no one would think of picking up a telephone in the middle of a crowded space and having a very loud conversation about one’s private life. ”

    I disagree with that; people do that all the time and it’s rude, annoying and selfish on the person’s part.
    Cell phone abuse is everywhere. I see groups of people out together for dinner and they’re all talking or texting on their phones with other people.

    In public places, I think it is a good idea to silence phones, especially when out with family and friends. You do not want them thinking your calls or texts are more important than they are.
    If it is an emergency situation, be gracious and apologize for having to take a call or reply to a text and then take it outside.

    Simply put, be respectful of others, this includes strangers.

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