Why Do People Pick Annoying Ringtones?

I have discovered that people who use cellphones a lot tend to pick the most annoying ringtones of all. Be it plain rings that echo like tinnitus, or snippets of songs your neighbour listens to Thursday nights when you want to sleep. What is wrong with the picture? Shouldn’t users trained in the arts of telephony file down the corners of their habits with prolonged usage; learn the do’s and don’ts of telephonism?

I asked my colleague one day why he had chosen this jazz-track that sounds good when played at a bar, but just really, really fucking annoying when it explodes through the office. He answered: “isn’t it cool?”. No, it’s a ringtone! It’s not cool.

9 thoughts on “Why Do People Pick Annoying Ringtones?”

  1. Chris says:

    Well, tell us how you really feel. Do you even have a cell phone? If not then I commend you. I managed to hold out for years. I can still ditch it though, man. I can break the habit. It’s just a pre-paid phone. It doesn’t mean anything to me, really, man.

    this schizophrenic moment brought to you by copious amounts of Mt. Dew.

  2. Christophe says:

    explodes through an office.

  3. Naja says:

    That.

    That is why my phone plays phantom of the opera when you call me.

    That. And because it does sound very dramatic.

  4. Joen says:

    Well, tell us how you really feel. Do you even have a cell phone? If not then I commend you.

    I DO! And I went to great lengths to pick the least annoying ringtone I could find! It was hard, I tell you, hard!

    explodes through an office

    No orifice jokes.

    That is why my phone plays phantom of the opera when you call me.

    That. And because it does sound very dramatic.

    I stand corrected.

  5. It’s indeed hard to choose on a proper ringtone – I settled on a nice “miaaauw” for calls and a dolphin for messages.

    I haven’t seemed to be able to annoy anyone with them yet, as they’re either over quickly or quite soft, so any reactions that I do get are smiles 🙂

  6. anonymous surfing says:

    YEAH! I can’t stand all those annoying ring tones.

    I looked far and wide to find a simple solution, then punted and recorded / installed a rotary phone ring.

    Funny thing – found that people noticed it more than the latest stupid top ten song ringtone everyone else was using. Guess you can’t beat the classics…

  7. Long Nguyen says:

    hahaha, you don’t want to be around me if my phone rings. It makes the sound of a car alarm. It makes me answer faster. Sometimes, people get worried my car just got hijacked…

  8. Daniel P says:

    My cellphones (sadly I have to keep several on me..) are on vibrate only. I can’t stand having ringtones for some reason.. Possibly cause I hate having to listen to other peoples, as well as the people who like spending the one hour bus fare at 7 am switching through the countless ringtones they’ve downloaded with their friends while i’m trying to get a bit of sleep.. Egh.

    Also, it doesn’t matter too much if I miss my calls, I call for free anyways so I don’t have to worry about the expense of calling back. 😀

  9. Joen says:

    It makes me answer faster.

    I think, maybe, this reason accounts for a lot of people. But why is it so important to answer the phone quickly?

    Also, it doesn?t matter too much if I miss my calls, I call for free anyways so I don?t have to worry about the expense of calling back. 😀

    We feel the same way!

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