Hang Up on Speaker Phone

Andrea Freedman

If there is one thing I find annoying when it comes to technology, it is by far the speaker phone. I don’t like talking on speaker phone, nor do I appreciate being forced to listen to others talking on speaker phone.

It is bad enough listening to someone speaking loudly on his or her cell phone. It is worse still when one also has to hear a loud commentary from the person on the other end of the call.

The frequency on speaker phone is just not the same as having a regular telephone conversation. The sound is often unclear, and it always sounds like someone is talking to me from far away or across the room. I find myself yelling or at least speaking very loudly in response.

When friends have put me on speaker phone in the past, I have voiced my irritation and felt perfectly justified in my protests. Like it or not, in most cases, speaker phone is rude.

If someone has other, more important things to do than talk to me, I would rather they call me back when they are able to give me their full attention rather than putting me on speaker phone so they can multi-task.

When I was working at my last office job, something that made it very difficult to concentrate on my work was when I had to listen to executives pontificating and grandstanding on their respective speaker phones.

Now that my husband and I both work from home, I find it next to impossible to focus on my own work if he is talking to clients on his speaker phone.

I don’t think it is all that professional to conduct a business call on speaker phone, unless there are multiple parties on either side.

Another exception to the speaker phone rule is if someone calls from their car. In that case, they should, for legal as well as safety reasons, use hands free. Having said that, I would just as soon someone not phone me from the car unless it is really important.

I find it mind-boggling why someone wouldn’t realize that others are not impressed by their speaker-phone calls. Furthermore, if I am put on speaker phone, I am sometimes not sure if anyone else on the other end can hear my conversation. Speaker phone can be yet another invasion of privacy.

Technology may have come a long way, but if someone wants to put me on speaker phone, I just hope they are not surprised when they hear a dial tone on the other end.♠


Copyright © by Andrea Freedman 2015


About andfreed

I am a Toronto based writer of articles, columns, essays and novels.

Posted on January 21, 2015, in Weekly Thoughts and Observations and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sometimes it’s the only way that another person can converse with the one that can’t speak or hear on a normal call. I agree that it is distracting when you hear someone else at a nearby facility talking louldly to someone on the speaker phone, but that’s not always the case when it is important to get through to a certain handicapped individual whose only means of communication is when someone holds the phone for them and they can hear and answer more easily. Good point though.


  2. My boss has an extremely loud voice; I can hear all of her conversations easily even though I’m down the hall and in another room (she keeps hers open). I know what she’s going to tell me before she does as a result. When she’s right beside me and talking, my ears are usually hurting afterwards.


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