Talking about personal business in public on cell phones even annoys people who use the portables, though most don't think they're part of the problem.
An Associated Press-AOL-Pew poll finds only eight percent of cell users acknowledge their own use of cell phones is sometimes rude. But almost nine in ten say they encounter others using those phones in an annoying way.
One irritant is loud talk. In the words of Washington state resident Pamela Sorenson, "I often hear young people, mostly college age, talking about dating and personal things I don't want to know about."
The poll, one of the most extensive news surveys of cell phone users yet, finds more than two-thirds of cell phone users say it would be hard to give up their portable. And 26 percent say they can't even imagine life without it.