It's odd that hearing someone talk into a cell phone is annoying but hearing two people having a conversation usually doesn't bother anyone. I suppose you could argue that one-sided conversations are more grating because they're loud then quiet and tough to get used to, but I'd argue that they're more annoying because eavesdropping is impossible. A two-sided conversation eventually becomes the hum or your refrigerator or fish tank -- you simply tune it out because you're uninterested. A cell phone conversation gets more annoying as it goes on because you can't figure out what you're trying to tune out.
I hear your side of the conversation. What the person on the other end is saying (in my imagination) is that a cell phone convo implies that the present company, be they friends or strangers to whom you have no interest in speaking, is not important. It's not logical, but few of us operate from a logical base.ReplyDelete