Old Lady Ring Tones
(Cross posted from my Facebook account)
WARNING: Some may be offended by this post, but if you are offended, it is probably important for you to read.
So this Sunday in church, an older woman sitting in front of me suddenly started rummaging through her purse looking for the cell phone that was the source of the sound that caused dozens of glances. She made the noise stop, then 3 or 4 minutes later the whole episode was repeated.
Several things struck me:
- I was irritated that her phone wasn't silenced during a church service.
- I was even more irritated that she didn't bother to turn off the phone after the first incident and that it happened again
- The volume on the ring was extremely high
- The ring tone had to be one of the most annoying musical ring tones a person could select
- This has happened with a host of older women over the past few years. Not only in church, but in a number of different gatherings. It is not limited to older women, but it seems that the vast majority of these sorts of interruptions (loud annoying music playing as the ring tone on an un-silenced cell phone at a very inappropriate time) happen to older women.
Whether or not you are an older woman, if you are ever going to be in a situation where your cell phone ring would cause distraction, please follow this advice (least important to most important):
- turn your cell phone ring volume down to a comfortable level
- while musical ring tones may sound cute in theory, do you really want "when the saints go marching in" blasting from your purse or pocket during a church service? a wedding? a funeral? - select a simple, subtle ring tone that isn't a song. If you have to have a song, at least go for something soothing. Think of it in the terms your mother gave you as advice when you went off to college: "always wear clean underwear, in case you are in a car accident". I'll give you my version: if you are in a car accident and are knocked unconscoius, do you want the hospital staff to see you in your "super freak" battery-powered light-up musical thong?
- set your phone to silent or at least vibrate if you have to have it on during interruptable activities.
- if you don't have to have your phone on, turn it off, or better yet don't bring it.
Thanks for listening!