DISCUSSION AND WRITING QUESTIONS p. 583
Read pages 579 - 583
1. How does the author define “cell yell” (paragraph 2)? What changes in society since the 1950s does the author suggest account for the way people use cell phones today?
-The author defines “cell yell” as a bad behavior from a human talking on the phone too loud, in a way that is including stranger into his private conversation.
In the 1950’s, people were used to have their conversations inside an enclosed phone booth where no one could hear their conversation. These phone booths where at public places. Nowadays people don’t care about having privacy when they are talking on the phone.
2. How does mobile phone design contribute to bad cell phone manners?
-Mobile design tend to make us feel that the other person on the phone can’t hear us clearly or vise versa because of the phone’s size and how close the mouthpiece is to our mouth. What part does the cell phone user's sense of self-importance play?
-I believe that the part that cell phone user’s sense of self-importance play is for the other person to who we are talking to can listen to us clearly.
3. Eavesdroppers on cell phone conversations experience various reactions, both positive and negative. According to the author, what are some of these reactions and how do people listening against their will handle their strong feelings?
-Some people still talk on the phone privately, others don’t. Some people use text messages to express their feeling and not having to listen to the person’s disappointed voice. Some people prefer to receive a bad new via text message.
4. Based on the author's examples, what are the rude cell behaviors that bother people the most? What behaviors bother you the most? You might wish to share with the class a humorous or outrageous illustration of bad cell manners that you have encountered.
-The rude behavior that bothers people the most is when people...
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