Our cell phones have become an integral part of our daily lives. We use it for almost everything - scheduling, making lists, social media, making online purchases…and yes, we even use it to make an actual phone call once in a while. But do we all know how to use our phones in public places without annoying the people around us?

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There are a ton of unspoken “cell phone etiquette” rules out there. Even Emily Post, the guru of all things etiquette and manners, has chimed in on the matter. Of course, we’re all guilty of committing an etiquette fail and annoying our fellow man by being obnoxious on our phones in public - but that doesn’t make someone else doing something stupid on their cell any less infuriating!

The month of July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.

It’s not an official national holiday, but many Western New Yorkers believe that it should be - and are encouraging their fellow phone users to evaluate their annoying cell phone habits and pay more attention to the people around them.

We asked fellow Western New Yorkers which public cell phone habits drive them nuts, and WOAH - they did not hold back. From speaker phone to silent mode, not looking up to not looking at it, every Buffalonian has that one thing that irks them about the way people use their phones. In the end, though, we all have one thing in common. We hate what cell phones have done to society…but we still can’t live without them. 

Here are some annoying cell phone habits that drive us absolutely bonkers.

Western New York Cell Phone Habits That Drive Us Crazy

Gallery Credit: Megan Carter

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