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So, you think a normal ringtone is the same level of annoying as a "hey asshole" ringtone?

 

At face value, you have a point.

 

But when one attempts to hold a meeting with a bunch of disinterested coworkers who each have one or two "normal" ringtones going off every 5-10 minutes, it's unacceptable - regardless of ringtone.

 

In fact, I'd prefer to hear "Hey, asshole!" screaming out their phones. It'd be the most genuine statement made at the meeting.

 

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Well... in my professional office setting (IT Security Manager for the Air Force), we're not even allowed to bring in our cell phones - period. Kind of eliminates that little hassle altogether. ;)

 

Not to mention, cuts down on all the unnecessary distractions from people who don't really NEED to contact you during the day. If it's important, they have my desktop landline number... if it's not, well then they can listen to my voice mail before electing to not leave a message ("Telephone Tag:" http://www.ahajokes.com/funny_audio.html - I guess this makes me a REALLY immature cell phone user... rofl ). :D

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I think Kit has a point.

I have a hard time taking a person with a silly ring tone seriously.

A phone that is being called makes some noise to get your attention and I think that is all there should be to it.

No need to make a big show out of it. It just gives away too much about the owner of a phone. Expressing your personality through looks, hairstyle or clothes is no longer enough. The ring tone of your phone provides yet another opportunity to tell the world something about you..... that the world doesn't want to know.

 

Heck, my own ring tone (default) annoys me so I usually keep it muted. If I am close to the phone (desk etc) I will hear it vibrate against the surface it is lying on. If I have it in my pocket while waking through town I will feel it vibrate. Besides, there is no way I could hear a normal ring tone with the traffic around me.

But that is just me. I don't like to annoy my surroundings. (Except here on the forum but somebody's gotta do it.)

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OK - I think I've kept "quiet" about this long enough - the original post kind of irritated me a bit for some reason, but I wanted to see where things went and not come off as a jerk. So, without trying to sound rude or condescending, but from the other side of the coin: I've noticed that people who are overly-sensitive about things they can't control (i.e., other peoples' methods of self-expression) can get to be just as annoying as the other people that annoy them.

 

Moderation in any circumstance is they key, and the current trend is the most people don't seem to 'get it.' That's a given. I think we can also agree that instances of people who ignore common courtesy have also been on the uprise - I would say more so since the advent of the cell phone, and that's disappointing as well. We've fallen a little further into the "me first" abyss as a result.

 

But unless you're someone's boss, parent, guardian, or otherwise in a position of authority, there's really not a whole lot to be done... and letting it get under your skin only makes things worse for you, depending on how you choose to express yourself on the matter.

 

There are plenty of things about other people that really bug the crap out of me... annoying and ridiculous ring tones are subjective, based on just how annoying and ridiculous they are. Usually just shaking my head is about all I can afford, because it's just not that important to me. I guess I'm just more tolerant of others because it's just easier to let go the things that really have no bearing on my life (outside of the few seconds, minutes, or little bit of time I'm exposed to them).

 

I can understand the perspective of 'not taking someone seriously' based on their ringtone - first impressions being what they are... and that's an interesting facet to the topic. I suppose the 'right' thing to do would be to have your goofy ringtone for "off-duty" time if you really need it, and either put it on vibrate/silent mode or have a more 'professional' ringtone as the situation warrants. This makes sense to me because having been affiliated with the military my entire adult life, there's a natural separation involved between on- and off-duty time.

 

As well, I'm not trying to minimize anybody's thoughts, opinions, or feelings about this particular topic (or any other, for that matter) - we all have different levels of what gets under our skin... that's part of what makes us who we are, and your thoughts, feelings, and opinions are just as important as mine are to me. I just figured a little bit of explanation would be better than, "your being annoyed about others being annoying is SO annoying... get over it." ;) :D

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What kind of society would we live in if we all had the same ringtone, same uniform, same opinion and all drove a Prius?

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What kind of society would we live in if most people had a modicum of respect for those around them, and treated others as they wish to be treated?

I sure can't tell you: We don't have a society like that.+

 

The focus of my original post was not to complain about someone's ringtone that is only mildly innapropriate; Like a normal ringtone in public where there should be silence (a movie, a meeting, customer service situation, etc...). That is annoying but what can we do...that is how people generally act today.

 

I was talking about the widly innappropriate ringtones that someone brought up here: "Hey, some asshole is calling you boss!" in meetings, or restaraunts, around kids (my kids!)...Those are the type that annoy me.

And someone said it all too correctly: How can you have even an iota of respect for someone who displays stuff like that freely in public?

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What kind of society would we live in if most people had a modicum of respect for those around them, and treated others as they wish to be treated?

I sure can't tell you: We don't have a society like that.+

 

When have we EVER had a society like that? There have always been people who don't have any respect for others... the numbers of "respectful" people have been on the decline since time began, and has declined more sharply with technology and population. As the population increases, your odds of running into disrespectful people goes up proportionally. Ringtones, I imagine (and have observed) are just the tips of the proverbial icebergs - rude drivers/improper drivers/unsafe driving/road rage, rude shoppers/cutting in line/not moving carts/taking things from your cart, poor telephone etiquette... it's all getting worse and worse under the guise of Political Correctness - i.e., there's always an excuse for whatever anybody does to anybody else, because it's politically incorrect to hold anybody accountable for anything.

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Wow... This thread has really gotten a little crazy, very cool stuff. I'm sure we all can agree that a lot of people seem to have no problem acting rude these days. There are multiple reasons for that IMHO. Parents don't want to parent their children, they want to be their friends, or Facebook friends. I drive 70 miles round trip for work daily and I see people every day that are texting, reading the paper, putting on makeup, eating cereal and a lot of other stupid things while driving. All the police do is pull you over for doing 5 mph over the speed limit. I see a lot of them also talking on their cell phones. It's dangerous driving out there. For the record I have the standard ringtone for my cell phone and most of the time its on vibrate. I do occasionally talk on the phone while driving and I never text and drive. Be safe out there...

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OK - I think I've kept "quiet" about this long enough - the original post kind of irritated me a bit for some reason, but I wanted to see where things went and not come off as a jerk. So, without trying to sound rude or condescending, but from the other side of the coin: I've noticed that people who are overly-sensitive about things they can't control (i.e., other peoples' methods of self-expression) can get to be just as annoying as the other people that annoy them.

 

Moderation in any circumstance is they key, and the current trend is the most people don't seem to 'get it.' That's a given. I think we can also agree that instances of people who ignore common courtesy have also been on the uprise - I would say more so since the advent of the cell phone, and that's disappointing as well. We've fallen a little further into the "me first" abyss as a result.

 

But unless you're someone's boss, parent, guardian, or otherwise in a position of authority, there's really not a whole lot to be done... and letting it get under your skin only makes things worse for you, depending on how you choose to express yourself on the matter.

 

There are plenty of things about other people that really bug the crap out of me... annoying and ridiculous ring tones are subjective, based on just how annoying and ridiculous they are. Usually just shaking my head is about all I can afford, because it's just not that important to me. I guess I'm just more tolerant of others because it's just easier to let go the things that really have no bearing on my life (outside of the few seconds, minutes, or little bit of time I'm exposed to them).

 

I can understand the perspective of 'not taking someone seriously' based on their ringtone - first impressions being what they are... and that's an interesting facet to the topic. I suppose the 'right' thing to do would be to have your goofy ringtone for "off-duty" time if you really need it, and either put it on vibrate/silent mode or have a more 'professional' ringtone as the situation warrants. This makes sense to me because having been affiliated with the military my entire adult life, there's a natural separation involved between on- and off-duty time.

 

As well, I'm not trying to minimize anybody's thoughts, opinions, or feelings about this particular topic (or any other, for that matter) - we all have different levels of what gets under our skin... that's part of what makes us who we are, and your thoughts, feelings, and opinions are just as important as mine are to me. I just figured a little bit of explanation would be better than, "your being annoyed about others being annoying is SO annoying... get over it." ;) :D

 

Wow... This thread has really gotten a little crazy, very cool stuff. I'm sure we all can agree that a lot of people seem to have no problem acting rude these days. There are multiple reasons for that IMHO. Parents don't want to parent their children, they want to be their friends, or Facebook friends. I drive 70 miles round trip for work daily and I see people every day that are texting, reading the paper, putting on makeup, eating cereal and a lot of other stupid things while driving. All the police do is pull you over for doing 5 mph over the speed limit. I see a lot of them also talking on their cell phones. It's dangerous driving out there. For the record I have the standard ringtone for my cell phone and most of the time its on vibrate. I do occasionally talk on the phone while driving and I never text and drive. Be safe out there...

 

 

Well said guys.

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I just hope they never allow cell phones to be used on airline flights. It's bad enough having to sit at the gate listening to someone loudly ranting on and on about private matters and what they had for lunch as if they were the only ones in the area, at least in the gate area we can move away from them.

 

As far as ring tones, having one that's different from others has it's advantages. It used to be when in a public area and a cell phone rang everyone was digging for their phone.

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I just hope they never allow cell phones to be used on airline flights. It's bad enough having to sit at the gate listening to someone loudly ranting on and on about private matters and what they had for lunch as if they were the only ones in the area, at least in the gate area we can move away from them.

 

As far as ring tones, having one that's different from others has it's advantages. It used to be when in a public area and a cell phone rang everyone was digging for their phone.

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As a 41 year old who has had some form of a cell phone since 1993 I stopped progressing at the reliable and seemingly unbreakable Nokia flip phone. I refuse to to give in to the I phone/smart phone crack addicted like behavior of most users I encounter.

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Ok I can remain silent no longer on the subject of ringtones. i Have to tell you what I feel is the best ringtone or a least the most creative I have ever heard.

 

I repair appliances for a living so I go into 8-10 different homes daily. One day I was working on a ladies stove and no one is present in the room at the time. Suddenly I hear a man voice that starts out calm and cool, "your phone is ringing............honey your phone is ringing..............honey,,, your phone is ringing " Time passes from a few seconds to 10's of seconds the voice begins to increase in urgency. " Hey YOUR PHONE IS RINGING...... YOUR PHONE IS RINGING.........ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER YOU PHONE OR NOT" as the Voice continued into near 30 seconds in at at almost full shout" HEY I BOUGHT THAT PHONE FOR YOU SO YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH ARE YOU GONNA ANSWER IT OR NOT !!!!!".

About that time the lady who was quite nice came running in very embarrassed and answered her phone. She then proceeded to tell me, after she was done with her call, that her husband set that up as her ring tone and she couldn't figure out how to get it off. I thought it was funny and very creative be she didn't think much of it.

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I have an old-time telephone ringtone for calls from unknown numbers, and calls from people I know ring with the CTU ring from "24".

 

My alarm to wake up in the mornings is the opening riff from "Big Guns" (AC/DC)

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There are all kinds of beeps and boops that modern smartphones can belt out these days. Once during a meeting one of my junior NCO's let this e-mail alert fly out. Talk about a jaw dropper.

 

 

Intentions aside, it was about the most unprofessional think you could have imagined.

 

There is a time and place for everything. Sadly, most people these days have little regard for anyone else other than themselves.

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INSPRIRATION!!!!

 

Gawd this is a great thread! or for extra banning points I should say "GOD"

 

I've read all the content...and I'm inspired to be the person I like to be ... a FUN person. I enjoy people and I enjoy being nice to them and receiving the same. To the Jackleggs of the earth...I enjoy toying with them. As one person stated I was on the inside track with cell phones having a brick and little special carry bag that you had to have to hall that baby around ...NEVER dropped a call :D!

 

I had a guy work for me and his tone was as best as I can clean it up. "Niggah ansahhhh tha muff ucking phone....bit*(h anssahhh tha MUFF uking phone" well as it turns out the voice was a recorded one from his bit*(H as he referred to her. After more than a few uncomfortable moments in front of customers... I finally axed him to turn it off around customers. He did, deep down he was a good kid. However I do think its not polite to have your phone on in certain public situations. Otherwise I never want to be so self promoted important or stagnate in life that little things like a cell phone tone that is not what I choose be a bother to me in life. Furthermore I hope to always have a fun heart. Too many other obstructions that give any individual ample opportunity not to enjoy THIS day GOD has given you.

 

I truly am inspired to walk into one of Kits shops where he may be.... strategically before hand ask folks to call me at the appropriate time.

 

First I'll start with the Muppets....git him all geared up follow up with 8 just to pizz' him off....add number 3 just for fun I'll use number 10 ....and when he starts turning red I'll have my 17 year old call.....in ole number 1 (hers and my favorite) just to see if he wants to act all badazz.

 

 

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That's the problem with people today...everybody thinks is is thier right have any kind of "fun" they want to at any time, in any place at any time of day or night, with no regard for those around them.

I am all for unbridled fun and enthusiasm, but there is a time and place for everything.

What is funny and entertaining to one person could just as easily be annoying and offensive to another.

Anyone who doesn't care about discomforting or annoying those around them is just selfish.

There have been several instances over the years of inconsiderate customers who come to one of my shops with thier bass-thumping obscenity-spewing music blasting from thier stereos annoying all my other customers who are there at the time. I have no problem asking them to turn it down to a reasonable level...what I consider to be reasonable...ONE TIME.

If they don't, I immediately refuse them service and tell them to leave.

If I lose that "customer" because of it...I don't care. My other customers appreciate someone who is concerned about thier comfort and respect and tell me so.

 

Just because it is everybody's "right" to act like a jackass in public whenever the mood strikes them doesn't mean others have to like it.

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I think you misunderstood me. It isn't that I was defending the wildly inappropriate ringtone going off in front of others, it was that I find any ringtone inappropriate in the situations you have described. Even a simple ringtone has no place in a meeting, a church, a funeral etc. Yes, some are worse than others, but that requires to fine a dividing line for my taste.

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You know few years ago, I would fully agree that ring tones getting out of controll, but i noticed around here the ring tone music thing is just dieing out...I rarely get bothered or hear many phones where i go, only in the store do i hear one going off " But even that is rare" Maybe people are just more considerate in my area? lol . Mostly i see people digging in pockets with out hearing a noise, even most kids i see now just dig a phone out and text with no ring tone at all " just instant message bleep or buzz" . I know loud stereo's have def dropped off here... In the 90's too 2000's, stereo's would come by just shaking my house apart!! I really never hear them much anymore...At every stop light, i use to hear..BOOM BOOM! Not anymore. They have pretty much dried up here. thing about some loud personal fad's they like to die out, and you look pretty silly sitting at a stop light booming your stereo now days.." same with standing in line with a ugly ring tone"

 

I have never heard a cell phone go off at our church, or at work with a inappropriate ring tone for a long long time.Everyone keeps there cells turned off...Been a while sense i even heard a loud nasty ring tone... I only had a few ring tones i ever used before the fad died out, I had johnny Horton..The battle of New Orleans loaded as my ringer..lol...Kinda for shock value, everyone expect some rock or metal to come out of my phone..and when i would get a ring..It would start out with banjo's!! But hey, give it time and it will die out " OR GET WORSE" lmao but here i dont hear it as much...You all working around alot of kids ? ;) I would say noise polution has dropped in my area 50-75% sence early 2000. I would hear boom boom boom every day..Morning noon and night..It nice and quite and peacefull right now as i type this..lol...now when i hear boom boom, I'm like.that is a dinasour!! " Just never hear it anymore around here" Back in 2000's i could not stand outside with out hearing multi boomers all over town.

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