Welcome to Mindset - a new weekly column featuring the opinions of your neighbors. Here’s the responses to this week’s question:
It’s a sad fact of life that most of us are at least a little bit hooked on our phones.
But how bad is our addiction? It is bad enough that there is a term to describe the fear of being without a phone-nomophobia. In light of so-called addiction to our phones, we asked folks around town “what is the most obnoxious thing people do on a cell phone?” Here is what they had to say…
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Larry and Lynn DeChesser or Oriental feel that in general if you are in a restaurant or public place where they should not be used then be courteous and put them away. “Selfies are ridiculous, if you are that vain that you need to be constantly taking pictures of yourself then that is obnoxious,” added Larry.
Mary Mills drives from Wake County to Oriental to visit her parents, Tom and Anne Smith who are ninety-two years of age. She feels that drivers, even with hands-free devices, are distracted. “I see people texting while driving on the interstate, its very dangerous. There should also be cell phone-free dining areas in restaurants,” she added.
Bernard George of New Bern says the most obnoxious thing he sees people doing while on their cell phones is crossing the street. “Its not only obnoxious, its dangerous,” said Bernard.
Wesley Carrier of New Bern feels that people that talk on their phones while eating dinner, whether out in public or at home are obnoxious.
Paige LeBlanc visiting New Bern from Lancaster, PA can’t thinks its obnoxious when you are trying to have a conversation with someone and they are not paying attention to you because they are too busy with their cell phone.
Emerald Devitz from Lancaster, PA thinks its obnoxious when people randomly stop and take selfies in public. “Its the most annoying thing ever,” says Emerald.