The use of cell-phones encounters various objections due to a wide range of reasons. Some of these objections are quite reasonable while the others refer to the evidence that was not sufficiently proven by a research yet. Discussion about switching off cell phones in public places commonly takes place when parents instruct their children about how to use these gadgets wisely.
Using a cell phone in a public place can be awkward or dangerous. However, neither public places nor cell phone users are all the same. Entering theaters or fancy restaurants, visitors can see a printed request to turn off cell phones. Attending a business meeting or family dinner, people assume that they shall not use cell phones even if they have not been specifically told about it. But the majority of public places such as streets, pubs, or transport do not imply a silent atmosphere, which means that most of us feel free to talk on the phone there. Nevertheless, someone may consider it awkward to tell or hear something personal in public which questions the propriety of using a cell phone in a crowd.
In the first place, it is necessary to define places where using a cell phone contradicts principles of ethics. The devices shall be switched off on meetings where people need to focus on live discussion and pay attention to other attendants. At any kind of performance, it is crucial to paying respect to individuals performing in front of the audience. On the other hand, it can be quite normal to have a phone conversation walking down the street, resting in the park, or waiting at the railway station on the condition that it does not pose a danger to the user of a cell phone. Which is more, individuals are responsible for their privacy when speaking about personal matters among strangers.