Pet Peeve Alert: Everyone has a Bluetooth earpiece now. I have a Jawbone and love it. It’s a great convenience – especially when I’m running through airports. I’ve always been a headset lover, because I like to walk around during phone conversations. But recently I’ve encountered more and more people who won’t take them out of their ear – ever. I’ve seen them worn in restaurants, in meetings, and even in church. I pitched a screenplay to an agent one time and to this day I don’t know if he was actually talking to me or someone else on his &^%$ headset. Last week Kathleen and I attended a wedding and sat next to a guy and guess what? He had his Bluetooth stuck in his ear for the entire ceremony – power indicator light flashing away. When the lights dimmed and the bride came down the aisle, he looked like an airport landing signal going off over on row three.
I think my biggest frustration is the growing idea that since it’s already in your ear, you should go ahead and take that call – even if you’re in a private, quiet, or inconvenient place, or somewhere that disturbs other people. Cell phones are luring us into the idea that we need to answer it 24/7.
Don’t forget that voice mail is a wonderful thing. Sometimes we should even use it.