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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Long ago, in a blog far far away, I took note of the progressively decreasing personal space we demand for accomodating our out-of-home telephone calls. In a nutshell: We’ve gone from spacious phone booths circa 1900, to cramped booths, to open-air kiosks, to no-cover mobile phones.

In the wake of too many too-audible public phone conversations, the trend may be reversing. Cellphone “hideaway” booths are cropping up in Chicago and other cities, providing private enclosures for both the conversants and the people around them.

The demand appears to be there:

A recent Sprint Corp. survey says that 98 percent of Americans go to another room or outside when talking on a cell phone and that 77 percent have had to listen to a toilet flush while having an important conversation on a cell phone.

With all the people you encounter who appear to have absolutely no compunction about chattering away regardless of surroundings, it’s hard to believe that so many people would feel this level of self-consciousness. But I guess there’s a relatively small percentage of graceless clods out there — they just tend to be more noticable.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/23/2004 11:14:57 PM
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