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When NOT to Answer Your Cell Phone


These days a cellphone is the modern equivalent of an extra appendage for many of us. Even though the technology is now such an integral part of our everyday lives, when it comes to cell phone etiquette, we're still a little hazy on what is and isn't socially acceptable. 

According to an article in the UK Sun, of the 2,000 Britons surveyed in a recent poll by UK mobile phone provider, Vodafone, half deem it fine to take a call during a wedding, and a third wouldn't have a problem answering their cell phone during sex. (Says a lot about the quality of the love and the lover, no?)

More than half (54 per cent) wouldn't hesitate to pick up the phone during dinner, and an even greater number (57 per cent) would accept an incoming call whilst in the toilet. Eew. Small comfort, I know, but more men than women do this.

Eight out of ten people have numbers on their contacts that they have no intention of ever calling. And the fine irony in all this: 40 per cent of those surveyed felt that the art of conversation was dying, with 21 per cent of people blaming social media and text messaging for its demise.

Are there hard and fast rules when it comes to answering a call on your cell? Is it a case of across-the-board common sense, or do different terms apply to different generations and cultures?

Are there times when you absolutely refuse to answer your cell?