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{September 1, 2011}   What’s in a Ringtone?

Most people know that there are places and situations where cell phones should be shut off or set to vibrate, e.g., movie theaters (where they give us enough reminders during the pre-show barrage of commercials and trivia), weddings (AFV anyone?), or funerals (‘nuff said). And many people recognize that talking loudly about personal issues in public is frowned upon (unless they are so lost in conversation they don’t see the glares of passersby).  But a lot of people don’t think about how their “cute” or “clever” ringtones can be perceived in public places.

Take, for example, a workplace where cell phones may be a necessary office tool. It can be very annoying and distracting, especially in a cubicle environment, to constantly hear the “bling” of neighbors’ arriving text messages, or a cacophony of ringtones coming from many different directions.  Please, I don’t need to know how important you are…put it on vibrate.

Ringtones in a restaurant can also be annoying, disturbing, or make you lose your appetite! (Please, no music with “ugh” sounds while I am eating.) My husband and I were once in a moderately nice restaurant when a ringtone went off at a neighboring table: the theme from Rocky.  We initially chuckled, but the owner proceeded to finish his thought with his companion before answering the call, and then proceeded to sit there and have a loud conversation worthy of “The Sopranos.”

And don’t get me started on being anywhere children are present and suddenly hearing someone’s swear-ridden rap song ringtone burst forth.

Please…think twice about your ringtones; everybody does not have the same taste in music or understand that “Bat Outta Hell” refers to your mother-in-law.

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