A decade or so ago, if we saw someone wandering around in a public place, talking to themselves, we knew we were in presence of someone who is mentally disturbed. We would probably steer clear.
Today, if we see someone wandering around in a public place, talking to themselves, we knew we were are presence of some self-centered fool with a cellphone and a wireless earpiece/microphone. The are talking away, oblivious to everyone else, totally centered on themselves. We generally try to steer clear.
It doesn't matter where -- churches, libraries, theaters, malls, restaurants, bathrooms (guys, the people on the other end can hear it when you flush) or any other public place. After all, it is all about them.
The moron in the car in front of you -- the one who can't keep up, changes lanes with no signals, and generally drives like a drunk is actually a real estate agent who believes it is their god-given right to be driving, talking on the cell phone, looking for homes and reading listings all at the same time.
People have begun to fight back.
My pharmacy has a sign on the counter announcing that they will not help you while you are on your cell phone.
Some fast food drive up windows have similar signs saying that they will not take your order while you are on the cell phone.
Every Sunday my church reminds people to turn off or mute their cell phones during services.
It's about time.