July is cell phone etiquette month!

Lawton_July is filled with activity, and summertime noises - racing boats, ear blistering fireworks, and people gabbing on their cell phones more than ever.  Because of this, July isn't only a time to celebrate Independence day, it's also a time to celebrate National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.  Cell Phone Courtesy Month was developed in 2002 with the intent of encouraging cell phone users to be more mindful of their surroundings.

Some people say that they're more frustrated than ever with loud ringtones, beepers, and conversations in what should be quiet places.  Libraries, movie theaters, and even checkout lines are places that, perhaps, should be void of all distractions - especially controllable distractions like cell phones.

When Zac Smith goes to see a flick, he says that his biggest pet peeve is when someone is talking on a cell phone while others try to enjoy the movie.  "Either turn it on vibrate, silent, or turn it off completely," he says.  "I'm always the one guy that stands up and yells at them, and everyone is like, 'Yeah!  Thank you!  Thank you!"

Eric Harman says that if you absolutely must take a phone call, and it risks disrupting those around you, leave the area or step outside.  "If you've got a personal thing, leave the theatre, let other people have their own free time and enjoy the movie," he said.

Clothing store manager, Crystal Mitchell says that when a customer is on a cell phone while she is totaling purchases can be frustrating.  "They're on their phone, and you tell them their price or total and they're like, 'Huh?'"  It isn't only considered rude or distracting to the cashier - but, also other customers.  "Everyone in the line behind them are kind of thinking

'We're all waiting here too,' and they're just doing there business," said Mitchell.

At a very young age we are taught to remain quiet in the library - and talking on a cell phone is no exception.  Debra Eash-Pittenger frequents the library and says they shouldn't have to post signs discouraging cell phone use.  "Oh, I hate it," she said.  "I'm partially hearing impaired, so when I hear their cell phones it interrupts me from what I'm doing.  The library should be a quiet place anyway, especially for studying and reading.  That's what it is there for."

The top rule of cell phone etiquette, according to Nokia, is that the person you are with is the most important person to talk to.  So, let your voicemail take the call, and return it at a more appropriate time.