Friday, February 08, 2019

It's perfectly fine to talk on a cell phone in an elevator

I have climate-related tabs piling up on my browser that I wanted to blog about, but felt I had to start with the important and pressing issue in the headline, first.

Mainly, the time spent in an elevator is brief and wasted, so why not continue a cell phone conversation? Should you really hang up for the 30-60 seconds that the elevator ride takes, and then call the person back, all so you could join the other people standing there facing a door (or possibly stare at your phone but without saying anything).

I don't see a point in not talking. On the train or bus, or maybe in a restroom, it's a longer time period where the other people are stuck with your conversation, so I'd understand a rule of courtesy there, but blab away on a brief elevator ride.

Glad to get that settled.


Jan Galkowski said...

I did not realize there was such a thing as being-on-elevator etiquette particularly with respect to cell phone conversations. But, then, I don't have good social skills.

The only downside of continuing a conversation on elevator I know is the technical one that sometimes elevators are so shielded from outside, that the call may drop anyway.

jrkrideau said...

I would find it exceedingly rude. If the conversation is that urgent you should be calling the emergency services not yammering on.