I know that some people are so attached to their mobile phones that they’re probably going to have to have them surgically removed, but I did think there were some limits. Until today, when I was startled to overhear a lively conversation coming from the toilet cubicle next to mine. I quickly realised the conversation was purely one-sided, but that didn’t make it any better. Especially after my unseen neighbour announced ‘I’m just in the toilet now, but I’ll deal with it when I get out.’ Just what, exactly, are you supposed to say to that?
But maybe I’m being a prude, behind the curve again, failing to move with the times. What’s the modern ettiquette here? Is it okay to answer it but not to make outgoing calls? Number ones only, or anything goes? How about sound effects? And chaps, don’t you need both hands?
And as for announcing where you are and what you’re doing: surely some things, even in these benighted times, should go unsaid? Or should I simply be grateful it wasn’t a video call?