23 Totally Inexcusable Breaches Of Cell Phone Etiquette

The only cell some people deserve is a jail cell.

1. Calling someone after they text you.

E! Entertainment

If we wanted to talk to you, we wouldn’t have texted.

ID: 3241418

2. Not looking where you’re going while using your phone.

Flickr: yourdon / Via Creative Commons

“Sorry I bumped into you, ma’am. I was busy typing ‘LOL.’”

ID: 3241759

3. Taking forever to respond to a text.

It’s not a dissertation; why is it so hard to type a quick reply? This is especially rude when someone hasn’t turned off their message receipts.

ID: 3241686

4. Constantly using your phone while having dinner/drinks/coffee with someone.

Flickr: jcestnik / Via Creative Commons

Next time go out to dinner with your text buddy instead, m’kay?

ID: 3241869

5. Responding to a text with just “ok.”

E! Entertainment

There are times when this is appropriate (“Can you pick up dog food?”), but as a response to a nice or long text? No. It is, however, less evil than “K.”

ID: 3241473

6. Talking on the phone while at a movie.

nyul / Via Thinkstock

Take that shit into the lobby, man.

ID: 3243194

7. Texting while at a movie.

We paid $14 to see Mark Wahlberg and these stupid robots without any distractions, not the least of which is your phone lighting up like a Christmas tree every five minutes.

ID: 3242805

8. Overusing group texts.

Anyone who has ever been added to a group text with a bunch of randos knows how annoying these are. The worst part is that the texts keep coming and there’s no way of stopping them.

ID: 3242270

9. Leaving a voicemail.


If you’re 87 years old and calling on a landline, fine. If not, just send a text. No one wants to listen to two minutes of your ums and uhs.

ID: 3242560

10. Not leaving a voicemail.

E! Entertainment

If you felt it was so freaking important to call (instead of text), why the heck wouldn’t you leave a message?

ID: 3243293

11. Leaving someone on hold while you order.

Flickr: faceme / Via Creative Commons

No one wants to listen to you order your latte, bran muffin, and Sara Bareilles CD.

ID: 3243335

12. Taking photo after photo at an art museum.

How did people ever appreciate art before they could Instagram it?

ID: 3242212

13. Using your cell phone in the bathroom.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the person having a loud conversation in the stall, or the dude at the urinal peeing on his shoes. Either way, it’s gross.

ID: 3242712

14. Constantly holding your phone up at a concert.

Michael Kovac / Via Getty Images Entertainment

“Put your cell phone down and put it in your pocket. You can watch shitty videos of this on YouTube anytime you want later.” —Rob Zombie

“I can’t freaking see Kanye. WTF.” —Guy behind you at concert

ID: 3242189

15. Playing games in public with the sound on.

Warner Bros.

The entire train does not need to hear you play Candy Crush.

ID: 3242912

16. Going through someone’s pics without asking.

You’re allowed to look at the one photo shown to you only. No scrolling!

ID: 3242879

17. Talking way too loudly into your phone.


Dude, they can hear you. We can ALL hear you.

ID: 3242992

18. Making everyone wait to eat their food so you can Instagram the meal.

“Wait! Don’t take a bite yet! I want to Instagram our whole spread!” Grr.

ID: 3241616

19. Having speakerphone conversations in public.

You are not that important.

ID: 3243037

20. Talking on the phone the entire time someone gives you a ride.

Unless you plan on handing your buddy 40 bucks at the end of the ride, it’s probably best not to treat them like a cab driver.

ID: 3243350

21. Taking a call when watching TV with someone and not leaving the room.

Flickr: 34316967@N04 / Via Creative Commons

It’s a lot easier for you to move than it is for me to move the TV, capisce?

ID: 3243162

22. Not putting your phone on vibrate.


There’s really no good reason to announce every news alert, text, and call to the world. On a related note, why is that the people who do this always have the absolute worst ring tones?

ID: 3245735

23. Taking the phone out of someone’s hand when they’re trying to show you a photo.


Crane your neck, dude. Just crane your freaking neck.

ID: 3245758

Check out more articles on!

  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing