The Public Nature of Private Mobile Phone Calls ~ boring!

Word Press Daily Prompt (YAWN) What bores you?

Sipping my cappuccino at the local scenic waterfront café at times, has become a fraught experience. The very public nature of private mobile phone conversations are made audible across the café courtyard. I can overhear details about commercial transactions, marital woes, family and dinner arrangements. In this small city, it is easy to recognise names and faces. I, the stranger two tables away, become an inadvertent confidante. Yawn!

Hear this loud phone talkers! iPhones and Smartphones are sophisticated devices that enable two-way conversations without the need to shout. Speak in muted tones so that people at the next table cannot hear your personal business. I am not part of your conversation.

Notice that woman, sitting with the man at the table under the red sun umbrella, who just turned her back on you away from the direction of your voice. Quite likely it is me.  I struggle with too much information from unguarded talk. I get bored and to pass the time while I wait for my order, I concoct fictional scenarios around the snippets of information. Are you auditioning to be the central character?

In a café setting, we expect people to be sociable, to laugh, to savour the food and to enjoy face-to-face time with their companions. That is part of the ambience. Stop a while. Be unbusy. Inhale the cinnamon aroma that wafts from the froth in your coffee cup. It is one of life’s simple pleasures. Does that mobile call need to be made now?

Yes, I make and take mobile calls in public settings. I am mindful to talk in a private area so that I cannot be overheard. When I last checked, the café is licensed to sell and serve food and is not a phone booth or designated as an office. Phone etiquette is called for. After a workout at the gym, I like to have a coffee date with my husband away from my garden and to chill out in the sun without being interrupted by noisy nearby phone calls.

2 thoughts on “The Public Nature of Private Mobile Phone Calls ~ boring!

  1. Oh how I agree with you Jenny!
    There is a couple of comments I would like to add to this.
    Firstly …In a resteraunt having an evening meal a few weeks ago a family of 6 all sat between courses just looking at their phones. No conversation between themselves at all. Not the loud talking you were talking about but the lack of talking.
    Secondly .. I often go by train to my sisters . The people that are constantly on their phones and feel the need to announce at each station ” I’m at Basinstoke I will be half an hour ” at the top of their voices .who needs an announcer .

    1. Indeed, Jackie. Who needs an announcer! There is also the issue of distractedness of people on their phones while driving or walking in the street..

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