The lighter side: Hung up on selfish phone users

File photo dated 01/07/08 of a smart phone. The growth of 'mobile commerce' in the UK was confirmed today with a new study showing that sales of goods through smartphones now account for more than a 10th of all purchases on eBay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 16, 2011. See PA story INDUSTRY Sales. Photo credit should read: Daniel Law/PA Wire

File photo dated 01/07/08 of a smart phone. The growth of 'mobile commerce' in the UK was confirmed today with a new study showing that sales of goods through smartphones now account for more than a 10th of all purchases on eBay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 16, 2011. See PA story INDUSTRY Sales. Photo credit should read: Daniel Law/PA Wire

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The season of peace and goodwill to all mankind is well and truly over.

Just a week after the warm glow of Christmas and it seems people have forgotten even basic manners and reverted back to their frosty demeanours.

Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC

Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC

If I had a quid for every person who has bumped into me down the street because they’re too busy texting on their phone I’d have enough to go wild in the aisles at the January sales.

I realise we live in a busy world with the pressures to work on the go mounting, but it’s getting beyond a joke.

If people aren’t narrowly escaping head on collisions because they’re walking in front of a car as they text, they’re bumping into other unsuspecting citizens.

Just wait until you sit down in the office or at least go and stand somewhere out for the way while you do it.

I would advise people to get one of those hands free headsets but I think people who wear those look like absolute idiots.

Image aside I also find those headsets quite unnerving - half of the time you can’t even see them until you’re up close so I end up thinking people have either got tourette’s or are just speaking to their imaginary friend.

Contraptions like that should be reserved for Britney Spears and Madonna types only.

But it’s not just out and about on the streets either, people think it’s acceptable to stand speaking on their mobile whilst getting served in a shop - how rude.

I loved the story that was in the news recently in which a Sainsbury’s check out girl refused to serve a customer who was on their mobile phone.

Good on her for making a stand I say, I’m sure us shoppers would have something to say if it was the other way round.

Annoyingly Sainsbury’s ended up bending over backwards and giving the complainant vouchers and an apology.

It’s a sorry state of affairs if we can’t even muster the common decency to acknowledge the person who is serving us and think nothing of carrying on another conversation instead.

I lead a busy life but I don’t feel the need to have my phone glued to my ear every second of every day.

I think there’s a fair few out there who should reconsider their New Year’s resolution and instead vow to go phone free when it matters.

No matter how busy you are waiting a few minutes to make a call surely won’t make that much difference.

So unless it’s an emergency please hang up the phone and concentrate on the people you are face to face with.

And if you received a hands free headset in your stocking please refrain from using it in public.