Let’s get this straight right from the beginning, we are not talking about a tooth in someone’s mouth, we are talking about a Bluetooth in someone’s ear. If you think it sounds like some sort of deformity, you are probably right. However, it is mental deformity, not a physical one.
I’ve been seeing Bluetooth mobile headsets on people’s ears for a while. It seems that every one who thinks they are anyone has to have a Bluetooth.
What is a Bluetooth headset? It uses technology to communicate wirelessly with a cell phone. Actually, Bluetooth technology allows all sorts of electronic devices to communicate with each other wirelessly at close range, like digital cameras and hand held computers, kind of like baby Wi-Fi.
But I am referring here to people who communicate with their cell phone via their ear tooth, which used to look like a big blue fang. Bluetooth, however, was supposedly not named for the carnivorous looking headset, but after some Danish Viking named Bluetooth. Poor fellow.
Bluetooth innovators didn’t care how they look with that fang hanging on their ear. Now, however, Bluetooth technology is more likely to take the form of tiny earbuds. It used to be that we only had to worry about people doing things with one hand while holding a cell phone glued to their ear. Now we have to worry about the sanity of people talking on a cell phone with both hands free.
Bluetoothers claim they are being safe because they can have their hands free while driving. Of course, that doesn’t mean they have their mind free. They still are paying attention to what’s in their ear and not to what’s in front of their eyes. Besides, if they are interested only in safety, while are they on elevators with these monstrosities?
If you think cell phone users are annoying, you must find Bluetoothers infuriating. They carry on conversations while ignoring you as if you are not there. I remember when people walking around talking to themselves were considered mentally ill.
Am I supposed to ignore this jabbering person as if they are not talking? Doesn’t this make me look as crazy as they are? Or am I suppose to politely listen, without being a part of the conversation? It probably doesn’t matter as the Bluetoother is in la-la land anyhow.
Some people can’t seem to do anything without talking to someone else about it. The other day I was in a store shopping. Another shopper carried on a constant conversation with someone unseen via Bluetooth.
“I’m shopping for clothes,” she said. “I found something that I sort of like.” She describes it and asks the other person’s opinion. And as soon as she hung up, the phone rang again. “I’m shopping for clothes,” she said.
Of course, people who have to talk on the phone all the time have been a major pain to the rest of us ever since telephones became portable. Bluetooth communication is a status symbol. So, why am I not impressed? It doesn’t show me anyone’s importance at all, only that they have nothing worthwhile to occupy their time except excessive chatter.
The best way to turn them off is to look at the Bluetoother intently and make it obvious that you are clinging to every word. They want you to “hear,” but not to “listen.” Invariable, they whisper, “I’ll call you back later.”
I’m really concerned about people walking around talking to themselves. How do we know if it’s the Bluetooth syndrome or if they need to be on Prozac? Personally, I intend to be extra careful around these Bluetoothers. What if that Bluetooth can bite?
Copyright 2008 Sheila Moss
NOTE: I usually get some negative comments about this article from Bluetooth users who have various reasons for using the device. It’s okay. I have tough skin so if you want to disagree, go for it. We all have our opinions, and sometimes I just have to rant about mine.
I love your way towards the end of getting the Bluetoother to go quiet. I will add to that: awkwardly inch closer to them as you make it seem like you are listening to their every word and give an ugly smile. 😀
Speaking from personal experience, upping your Awkward Game can definetley quiet those who are making a nuisance in the 1st place.
I believe this for talking on any type phone in public pretty much. I understand the store to get a quick opinion, or something like that, but full on conversations can be rude. Stay in your car, go to a park bench or somewhere quiet. Everyone does not need to know your business.
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Agree, I only want people to know the business I want them to know, not something private that is overheard.
Ha, I’ll take your word for it. The elevator talkers are the ones that bug me the worst.
This was supposed to be a reply to MrBlue and people talking on the phone while in the bathroom. I think I posted it the wrong place or something. Sorry about that.
Wonderfully accurate — then and now. There was a time when having a Bluetooth device attached to one’s ear was some sort of dorky status symbol. The devices have become smaller, but it is no less annoying to see and hear someone talking (to themselves) at the urinal. Just saying…
I agree 100%. I work at an amusement part and an historic site. At both places I’m supposed to be alert to people needing assistance, whether it is shopping, where the big rides/restaurants are or need medical help. When I ask the anonymous talkers if they need help they pronounce a definite NO and give me the evil eye. But, if they need help and I ignore them – well, you know the result.
Oh dear, you are between and rock and a hard place, as they say. I guess it is better to get the evil eye than to lose your job. People are so strange and I’m sure you see a lot of the stranger ones. LOL