Passive Cell Phone Radiation

Considerations for cell phone use etiquette.

I’m in the supermarket picking out cereal and I look up and there’s a man, with the cell phone wedged between his ear and his shoulder, picking out cereal. I presume his wife is on the other end, gently encouraging him, “Just relax, now pull back gently on the box until is slides off the shelf. Now set the box – easy now – into the shopping cart. Did you do it? Great. I knew you could land the cereal!”

Whew! Another shopping catastrophe avoided. I mean, my goodness, what would have happened if he had taken home Cheerios instead of Corn Flakes? And, what would have happened, if he’s knocked a box or two onto the floor while balancing the phone on one shoulder, holding the shopping list in one hand, and taking the cereal box off the shelf? I shudder to think.

Once again, the mobile phone to the rescue! Da da da da!!! Leaps tall buildings in a single bound….

With our cell phones in hand we are never alone. We never have to remember anything. We never have to actually write the directions down. We don’t have to arrive on time.

We can always just call.

So, are we empowered by having a cell phone – or just the opposite?

Have you noticed by this point that I started out wanting to write about etiquette, but have gone in a different direction? This happens once I site down to write. Can’t stop those creative juices from flowing! But bear with me, because I will get back to the main idea!

It appears that we’ve become so dependent on cell phones that we don’t bother to commit anything to memory to be responsible for arriving on time, getting directions, making shopping lists or anything. We’ll just pick up the phone. Is dependence power? What do you think? Can you try, for one day, to get through the mundane tasks of your day without using the cell phone? Before each call, stop and ask
Yourself – if I didn’t have my mobile with me, how would I handle this situation? How would I resolve this problem? Try it and see what sense of power comes back to you. Share your experience here on this blog.

What does this have to do with etiquette? Well, everything.

Just imagine for a moment that the need to call is a need to smoke. How would you feel about all those people, everywhere you go, lighting up a cigarette right next to you: on the bus, on the train, in the supermarket, in the theatre, in the waiting room?

Well, smoking isn’t allowed in any of those places, is it? So we don’t have to worry about that happening. It would be intolerable.

So what about those same people, making a cell phone call, right next to you and your kids, without any concern for the radiation being directed to their own head by choice or the radiation they are now exposing you to, without your consent?

I think it’s unfair and inconsiderate. No one has the right to subject me to their cigarette smoke, nor do they have the right to expose me to dangerous cell phone radiation.

It’s really become an epidemic. No matter where you go, people are using their cell phones. What can you do, if you don’t want to be exposed this radiation?

I find myself distancing myself from people on phones, changing seats. I’ve even begun to ask people to take their phone call away from me – the same as I’d do with cigarette smoke.

Will we get to a point where cell phone calls are banned on trains and buses? In grocery stores? Will there be special mobile phone call areas in stores, malls and other public places to keep us safe from the radiation we don’t choose to be exposed to?

I think there need to be. And either cell phones will have to be made safe (not safer, but SAFE – as an absolute) or we’ll need to make exposure to radiation a choice rather than a foregone conclusion, by creating special phone call areas, wi-fi and wi-fi free zones in restaurants and other special places and the like.

Does it seem too far-fetched to you? Share your thoughts here – that’s what blogs are for.

In the meantime, set an example – be considerate of those around you if you absolutely must make a phone call. Take your call outside or at least 1 meter away from other people – especially children.
Don’t use your phone in crowds, restaurants or malls. Use text messaging instead whenever possible.

Share your cell phone etiquette suggestions here.