Cell, or mobile phones as they are often called in the UK, have really caught on. Like everything in this life, though, they have pros and cons. In general, people seem to have become so obsessed with their cell phone that they never know when enough is enough.

Not everywhere is appropriate for a cell phone that is turned on.

People just seem to have forgotten that different places require different behaviour. Is it appropriate to hear a happy ring-tone calling out in the middle of a funeral service? No, it most certainly is not.

However, there are many more places where such a phone is inappropriate. In the classroom, library, during an interview and your place of work, are just a few examples of places where your cell phone should be firmly switched off, and placed out of bounds in a locker or a handbag.

Of course, many people will say that they need to have their cell phone up and running, just in case there are problems at home, or the like. Well, may I just ask them what they did before such phones became readily available?

All too often, a ringing cell phone will disturb others or distract the owner from the business in hand. Take an incident widely reported in the British press, when actor Richard Griffiths stopped a play in which he was performing, due to the noisy interruption of a member of the audience's cell phone.

It is not appropriate to ban the use of cell phones from such places but common courtesy should mean that you know, without being told, to turn your cell phone off. Restaurants are another place where the constant ringing of cell phones could spoil other people's enjoyment.

Is that call really so

important?

As I travel to and from work on a daily basis, on public transport, many cell phone users surround me. Some get on the bus in a daze, whilst talking on their phone. They pay for, and receive, their ticket without as much as a blink of the eye to the driver. After a twenty-minute journey, they disembark but are still having the same conversation on their cell phone. What is so earth shattering, and life and death important, to warrant such attention?

How many times have your heard someone's cell phone ring and caught a little of the conversation? More often than not the call will entail details of where the person is, namely on the bus, and questions such as what is for tea.

In the City where I live cell phone users wander aimlessly around. Everywhere you look their are people deep in mindless conversations, on the phone. In this little world of their own, it would be so easy for them to have an accident or be robbed. Some still use their mobile phone whilst driving, despite current legislation.

Of course, that cell phone may be a fashion accessory.

It would seem though that for some people a cell phone is more about image than practical use. The latest cell phones have added extras and many people race to have the very latest version, not because they need them but as a status symbol.

Your cell phone may be anything but a telephone

There are also many people who have cell phones, in order to use the extras, rather than the actual phone. With extras such as the Internet, a radio, a camera, text services, emailing and more available making a call may be the last thing that you do.

In General

Cell phones are great in many ways. They are compact, inexpensive and add to your security. When you travel, for example, it is a good feeling to know that you have a phone handy if an emergency crops up. However, these days such uses seem to be secondary to most cell phone users.