Friday Five: Cell Phone Edition

woman texting on cell phone

What’s your take on cell phone manners? Answer today’s Friday Five!

Happy Friday Five! I hope everyone had a good week. This week’s Friday Five is inspired by the little makeover we recently gave Swagbucks. If you haven’t noticed yet, Blogthings looks a lot better on a mobile phone. We implemented something called responsive design, and now you can use Blogthings on any mobile device with less hassle. To celebrate, I thought we could have a little discussion about cell phone use.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Friday Five without a random giveaway. This week I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift code courtesy of Swagbucks. (Swagbucks is an entertaining and easy place to earn free gift cards that I am obsessed with.) If you love free gift cards, I highly recommend checking them out if you live in Australia, Canada, Ireland, UK, or the US.

All you have to do to enter the Friday Five is comment below and answer the five questions. Every commenter is randomly entered into the contest. If you don’t want to enter but still want to comment, just say that somewhere in your comment.

I will run a random number generator on Saturday morning and pick the winner that way. I comment on the thread to the person who won, so you can check back to see who won that way. If you miss it, I will announce the winner next week in the P.S.

So, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Just answer below in a comment 🙂 It’s really that easy.

Friday Five – Mobile Edition

  1. Do you have a mobile phone? What kind?
  2. What piece of cell phone etiquette do you think everyone should follow?
  3. Do you remember life before mobile phones? If so, how was it different?
  4. If you have a cell phone, what do you use it most for? Texting? Calling? Games? (If you don’t have a mobile phone, imagine what you would use it for.)
  5. How do you usually surf the web? Cell phone? Tablet? Laptop? Desktop?

P.S. Congratulations to last week’s Friday Five winner, Genn Pinky 🙂

What do you think?

49 thoughts on “Friday Five: Cell Phone Edition

  1. Pamela

    1. I have an iPhone 5

    2. I believe that people should not use cell phone for casual use in public enclosed places. It is nothing more frustrating than hearing about someone’s dumb weekend.

    3. I do in fact remember when Bell South came to install our first phone in the early 60′s! We were so excites!

    4. I use my phone, as tiny as it is to watch the occasional movie, take notes, make calls, schedule meetings, check the weather, play games, and read the bible.

    5. I do 95% of my surfing on my laptop

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  2. Itnaba

    1. Nokia C2-03
    2. Don’t call/text or receive any call/text in the middle of an important conversation(ruins the mood nd the atmosphere)
    3. Yes. I used to call people up with my landline phone nd wth was texting???
    4. Definitely texting!!
    5. Laptop!!! (I love myn!!!)

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  3. ocnlvr83

    1. Do you have a mobile phone? What kind? iPhone 4S
    2. Never be on your phone while checking out in a store.
    3. I do remember life before them, and everyone would talk to the people around them, and not ignore them.
    4. I use it for texts, games, and Internet.
    5. I have a laptop, Kindle, and iPhone. And I basically use the laptop and iPhone for Internet.

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  4. Genn Pinky

    1. iPhone 4S
    2. Always be courteous to others especially when in public be polite and respectful.
    3. It was so different back then that I cant imagine life without a cellphone anymore.
    4. I use it mostly on texting and surfing the web.
    5. Desktop and cell phone.

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  5. Ariana

    1. iPhone 4S
    2. Don’t check your phone while someone is speaking to you (in person).
    3. Not really, though I do remember when much less emphasis/cultural obsession was placed on them.
    4. I mostly use my phone for playing games and making/receiving calls.
    5. I prefer using my laptop for using the web.

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  6. Jody Forsythe

    Cell phone: It’s an LG
    Cell phone etiquette: Not to use when out to dinner…it’s kinda rude to take a call when you are dining with others…..unless, of course, it’s an emergency.
    Life before mobile phones: Yes, I remember. Life was a lot less complicated, but the cell phone has become a necessary evil today.
    Cell phone usage: Mostly texting (my teenage daughter—lol) and phone calls.
    Surfing the web: Laptop or my galaxy tab.

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  7. lordbyrdie

    Do you have a mobile phone? What kind?

    Yes, an iPhone 4S.

    What piece of cell phone etiquette do you think everyone should follow?

    Turning them off immediately in public entertainment venues, like movie theaters and playhouses, when the lights dim.  However, I’d find dimming the screen and turning off the volume and acceptable second option.

    Do you remember life before mobile phones? If so, how was it different?

    Yes. I spent more time reading a book or daydreaming on the bus than I do now. Finding a home to rent was harder, as were getting directions. There were more pay phones.  Ringtones weren’t going off all the time.

    If you have a cell phone, what do you use it most for? Texting? Calling? Games? (If you don’t have a mobile phone, imagine what you would use it for.)

    Huh. This weekend I’m using it mostly for texting. Typically it’s for calling.

    How do you usually surf the web? Cell phone? Tablet? Laptop? Desktop?

    Usually I surf the web on my laptop.

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  8. Dyvonne

    1. Who doesn’t have a cell phone these days?! I have an HTC Sense.

    2. No texting in the middle of a conversation. Teenagers love doing that. I think it is extremely rude. Especially when I have to repeat myself because they were distracted.

    3. I was born in 1995, so I remember life before texting was available. But I was also a little kid and phones weren’t really something I payed attention to.

    4. Probably an equal amount of calling, texting, and games. I also use it as a calendar so if I lose my phone, I feel lost 🙂

    5. Laptop.

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  9. Michelle C.

    1. Yes, I do. It’s a Sanyo, not a smart phone. I can’t remember the model.
    2. Not using the phone in the bathroom, and not using the phone in the checkout lane when you’re in a store.
    3. Yes, I do. Frankly, I think it was better, you were not expected to be connected all the time.
    4. Texting.
    5. Laptop and tablet.

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    1. kari Post author

      I agree about the expectation of being connected all the time. I have to take a break, even though others find this weird 🙂

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  10. Bev

    1. Yes, Samsung Galaxy II
    2. People should not talk on phone while at checkout at the grocery store
    3. Yes. It was safer on the roads. I also used a pager for people to contact me (single parent).
    4. Calling (and if I’m in my car, always hands free – I have SYNC :D)
    5. Desktop

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  11. Kathy

    1) Do you have a mobile phone? What kind? Yes. A Samsung galaxy.

    2) What piece of cell phone etiquette do you think everyone should follow? No talking or texting on the phone when you are spending time with your loved ones.

    3) Do you remember life before mobile phones? If so, how was it different? Of course, im old enough lol, it was so different that i cant imagine life without a cellphone anymore.

    4) If you have a cell phone, what do you use it most for? Texting? Calling? Games? (If you don’t have a mobile phone, imagine what you would use it for.) Mostly texting and surfing the web

    5) How do you usually surf the web? Cell phone? Tablet? Laptop? Desktop? Mobile and laptop

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  12. A'Doria

    1) Yes, it’s a Samsung Solstice (circa 2009, but I use my phones until they die)
    2) When you get to the cashier, or customer service desk don’t stay on the phone
    3) I don’t remember a world totally without cell phones(grew up mostly in the mid 80s, and 90s), but I do remember when they weren’t as popular. It was different because people actually paid attention to where they were going, because they weren’t texting and walking
    4) I use my cell mostly for texting
    5) I usually surf the web on my PC, or iPod Touch

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  13. Maureen

    1. Yes. An LG. Not sure the model, but basic, with a slide-out keyboard. not a smartphone.
    2. Keep phone conversations short when driving or in the company of others. Same for using smart phone features like checking email and the web. I hate when people are constantly playing on their phones instead of engaging.
    3. Yes. I felt less safe. It was harder to get in touch with people. But people engaged more when you were with them.
    4. I mostly use it for texting. Talking on the phone makes me anxious.
    5. The only option I have is my laptop!

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  14. Meg Sullivan

    1. Yes, I have an iPhone 5 that I *Love* 🙂
    2. Etiquette: PLEASE DONT TYPE IN ALL CAPS! 😉 also, hang up when you reach the public bathrooms, nobody needs to hear your conversation in the Ladies’ or Men’s room! One more thing; follow those dont-text-and-drive laws (that applies to reading your email while backing out fo your parking space at the mall, too!)
    3. Yes! I had to call my mom from the pay phone outside of school if I was staying after in junior high. Also, long-distance phone calls were expensive, so as we moved around the country (my dada was military) calls to and from family in Rhode Island were something to excited about! Now I can talk to my friend in California or my cousin in Ireland on a cell phone from anywhere.
    4. I use my iPhone for EVERYTHING!!! I have apps for my school, my bank, all sorts of games, facebook (I’d have one for blogthings if there was one!), I have two map programs, dictionaries, the internet, etc.
    5. I go on the internet from my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook pretty equally, it all depends on where I am and what I have accessible.

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  15. Aisha Milburn

    1. Yes, HTC EVO 3D (the 3D is totally worthless, BTW)
    2. Not talking on the phone in enclosed spaces (elevator, bus, subway, etc.)
    3. Yes. It was less stressful and chaotic because nothing was urgent. If it was, you got in your car and DROVE to the situation.
    4. Games mostly. I think the only reason I have a cell phone is because I have a child in childcare.
    5. Desktop.

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  16. Melissa Russell

    1. I have a Tracfone. :/ lol
    2. Don’t continue to stay on your phone a LONG time while I’m sitting there with you! I’m waiting to talk to you AND you’re driving! (husband).
    3. I remember. People could actually walk, drive, and do anything else better because they were paying attention!
    4. i use it for texts and calls. When necessary. When i get a smart phone, I’ll use it for looking stuff up on the internet and grocery/recipe app or something.
    5. Laptop mostly. Ipad too.

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  17. Dejla

    1- A Nokia 2690
    2-The cell phone etiquette that should be followed, in my opinion, is turning the phone silent in closed spaces and social gatherings.
    3-Life before phones was much different from now. We couldn’t locate people when they are away before unless they are somewhere serviced by a landline. As well as that, people used payphones a lot more than now. Most of the payphones closed in my area!
    4-I use my cellphone mostly for texting and calling. I don’t play with it.
    5-I surf the web with my laptop.

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  18. Anji

    1. iPhone 4S
    2. Pull over if you need to use your phone in any way and for goodness sake… when in public, step away or out of line if you need to have a phone conversation. Be polite and respectful.
    3. Always had change for a pay phone just in case I needed it.
    4. Mostly text, but talk too.
    5. Desktop, cell phone, laptop – in that order.

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    1. kari Post author

      Yes! Change for a pay phone 🙂 I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that any longer, although I guess a quarter can’t run out of battery power!

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  19. Mel

    1. An LG Rumor 2.
    2. I work in retail – for the love of God – hang up the phone when we’re trying to talk to you! It’s extremely annoying to have to compete for your attention, and most of the time it also distracts you from what we’re trying to tell you.
    3. I remember having landlines. My mom set ours up so that she, my sister, and I each had a different phone number, that rang differently. With cell phones, no need for that.
    4. That’s a toss-up between getting calls and text messages.
    5. That’d be my laptop. 🙂

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    1. kari Post author

      Oh my goodness, isn’t it crazy when people are on the phone when they are in a shop? This happened to me yesterday – the person in front of me was in line talking away while the cashier was trying to complete the transaction. The most hilarious / annoying part is that the talker was just describing what she was doing. Hello? Hang up the phone! Grrrr… anyway 😉 Yes, that’s a pet peeve of mine too for sure.

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    1. kari Post author

      Oh yes! I used to call my mom from a pay phone for rides or saying I was coming home late. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was well into my adult years. Nice memory 🙂

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  20. julie

    1. basic, no nonsense phone.
    2.no talking in places of quiet. e.g. church, library, theatre, art galleries, etc.
    3. yes, i remember a time before cell phones. it was actually quite nice and peaceful.
    4.I use mine to text, mainly.
    5. desk top.

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  21. Josh

    1. N/A
    2. No talking in places meant for being quiet (like libraries and theatres)
    3. Kinda, accidents involving cell phones were less common. It was also less common to talk in movie theatres.
    4. If I had one I’d us it for emergencies and playing games
    5. Laptop

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  22. Rachel R. (@REReader)

    I thought this site was easy to use of my iPod Touch because it had a mobile version! This is very mobile friendly design if it’s not. 🙂

    1. Do you have a mobile phone? What kind?
    I have a stupid phone. I would greatly prefer a smart phone (iPhone for choice!), but since I work from home, I can’t at all justify the cost of a regular mobile plan.

    2. What piece of cell phone etiquette do you think everyone should follow?
    EVERYONE IN THE WORLD CAN HEAR YOU SO STOP YELLING!

    3. Do you remember life before mobile phones? If so, how was it different?
    Yes, I can, and it wasn’t terribly different. We made fewer phone calls when out and about–you can’t talk on a pay phone while walking–and texting didn’t exist, so adults were a bit more independent. And young people were a bit less independent, because parents feel more comfortable letting teens and Tweens go places by themselves when they have the electronic tether.

    4. If you have a cell phone, what do you use it most for? Texting? Calling? Games? (If you don’t have a mobile phone, imagine what you would use it for.)
    Calling, mostly, and not much of that. Texting only occasionally because it has no keyboard and it’s a pain on a keypad, and games on a stupid phone are stupid.

    5. How do you usually surf the web? Cell phone? Tablet? Laptop? Desktop?
    I surf about equally on my desktop and my iPod Touch. The desktop is much better for seeing anything because it’s a nice big screen–but the Touch is always right here!

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    1. kari Post author

      iPod Touch is actually the mobile device used third most often on Blogthings (behind iPhone and iPad), which I think is cool! Having an iPod Touch is an option I never considered before, but it certainly cuts down on the costly iPhone service plan. Cool idea 😉

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  23. kari Post author

    Do you have a mobile phone? What kind?

    I have an iPhone 4s. I couldn’t get myself to pay for the latest upgrade, and I’m excited to consider all sorts of phones for my next phone.

    What piece of cell phone etiquette do you think everyone should follow?

    A huge pet peeve I have is when people watch videos without headphones at restaurants.

    Do you remember life before mobile phones? If so, how was it different?

    Amazingly different in so many ways. Life before smartphones was crazy. You had to remember to look things up when you got home 😉 Life before mobile phones was a lot more difficult, but in some ways a lot calmer.

    If you have a cell phone, what do you use it most for? Texting? Calling? Games? (If you don’t have a mobile phone, imagine what you would use it for.)

    I actually don’t use my cell phone much. I suppose I mostly use it for looking the occasional thing up on the go, texting, and keeping up with Twitter and Facebook. I only use my cell phone when I’m outside the house for the most part.

    How do you usually surf the web? Cell phone? Tablet? Laptop? Desktop?

    I am glued to my laptop. I sometimes use a tablet to surf while I’m eating or watching TV.

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