I need this cone.

The irony of sharing this cartoon on social media and therefore phones, is not lost on me. But cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh knocked it out of the park with this one.

Do you need this cone too or am I the only one?


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  1. Iryssa says

    Ever since the release of iOS 7 my phone has been so frustratingly slow that I don’t *want* to use it as much anymore! But neither do I want to shell out $600 for a new one when my iPhone 4 (yes, you’re reading that right) still works perfectly well for doing what a cellphone was designed to do. Moral of the story is this: Refraining from upgrading your phone may save your wallet *and* your relationships. lol

    • Howie says

      I have you beat….I still have the iPhone 3! And yes, it still works perfectly! So what if it belongs in the Smithsonian? :-D

  2. says

    I really don’t have a problem with this. I mess with my phone most when I’m bored or waiting on someone to get back to me on something important, otherwise it’s just not that interesting.

  3. The_Other_Tom says

    I was playing a game on my phone while waiting in the doctor’s office last week.
    There was an older gentleman across the room from me wearing a hat that boldly stated that he was a Marine!
    He was desperately trying to start a conversation with an uninterested younger man about what being a Marine in World War II was like.
    It made me sad.
    I put my phone down and thanked him for his service.

  4. Jane Oschner says

    People use their phones in public like personal bubbles. Putting up an invisible “don’t approach or talk to me” sign. I think it’s not only rude, but downright sad people would rather be elsewhere than where they are. Next time you’re tempted to take out your phone in public, stop. Look around you. Don’t look for a thing to tweet about. Just look. Chances are you might find something you would have normally missed. Jerry Seinfeld put it best when he asked smartphone addicts if they’d mind if he just held up a magazine in front of his face when they were talking. Listen to Jerry. Put your phones down.

  5. Claudia says

    I still have a non-smart phone that is more than five years old. I’m happy with it and see no reason to join the wireless revolution.

    • says

      Claudia, I also have a non-smart phone – that I hardly ever turn on. My phone before that was so old and dumb that it didn’t even have photo capacity. I’m glad to hear I still have some company.

  6. says

    I do NOT need the cone. Because I have “The Wife.” She has the same effect as the Cone but with much more of a threat of bodily harm. And abstinence.


  7. Dan from Georgia says

    I personally don’t need this cone. It amazes me as I look around at restaurants, the airport, stores, etc, how many people are constantly looking at their phones, doing that little finger scrolling motion on the screens. Are people that bored in life? What is it?

    • Ashley says

      When people check their phones, it provides them with an instant sense of validation. Ooh, someone liked my Instagram! Ooh, someone wrote on my Facebook wall! Ooh, someone retweeted me! Its akin to a bunch of lab rats waiting at the chute for another pellet to fall down. Its not that so many people are bored (although a lot are) but more that we have been trained to seek our validation from our social media outlets. Phones are just the fastest way to get our fix.

    • says

      I’m with you, Dan. A couple of years back I went to an office farewell luncheon where one of my coworkers spent half the meal scrolling on her phone. She also did this on the way to the restaurant and back. I wanted to say, “What the heck is so interesting or important that you can’t connect with your coworkers for an hour and a half?” People seem oblivious to how rude they are being!

  8. says

    My phone, Samsung Galaxy IV, has the annoying feature of emitting the same signal for a text message as it does many other functions. Our son, who knows all about these things, cannot change it. Phones are the way my family and I stay in touch, which is really quite important, and it is not always convenient, polite, or appropriate to call them, on either end of the call, so text ( non-driving) is the answer. I can answer my phone safely while driving.

    I don’t tweet; I don’t understand it, and I can’t imagine limiting myself to 140 characters; and I don’t play games. I use my phone for communication, both local and long-distance, info (pretty useful in a Sunday school class), and figuring out the appropriate gratuity, and no, it is not always 20 percent. Trouble is, when I am home, and the phone is one floor away, I can never get to the phone in time to answer a call!

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