PSA on Cellphones
AN OPEN LETTER to the person shouting into her cell phone on campus the other day, so that I could understand her conversation perfectly, outdoors, from over fifty feet away…
If you spoke into my ear from two inches away,
I would hear you.
Your cell phone can easily pick up your normal voice from that range, too, so WHAT MADE YOU THINK SOME COMPLETE STRANGER FIFTY FEET AWAY WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRESCRIPTION AND DOCTOR VISITS?
I apologize for shouting, but I wanted to get your attention, as you got mine the other day. Did you know that your cell phone automatically adjusts microphone sensitivity? You never thought about it before?
I don’t suppose you paid attention in science class when they talked about the ‘inverse square law’? No? I’ll spare you the details but the upshot is that you are speaking MUCH louder than necessary into your cell phone. Please get in the habit of speaking in a normal voice into your phone. It takes a bit of conscious effort at first, but everyone around will appreciate it.
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