Cells have been called the new cigarette because of their ubiquity and addictiveness (which has created a subcategory of cell-in-commode plumbing problems). When Roman Catholic bishops in Italy suggested people give up their cells for Lent, people said, essentially We're not that faithful.
And, speaking of the word "said," what do cell phoners have against it? Why do they replace it with "all" (and I'm all what do you mean I'm late ), "like" ( I'm like what are you doing after work? ) or "go" ( So I go what are you doing and he goes... ) "Go" implies a demonstration or accompanying pantomime--yes, like almost getting hit by a car.
Why can't they use colorful verbs like observed, retorted, suggested, reminded, conceded, cautioned, asserted or responded for "said" if we have to listen to them? Why don't they talk about last night's date, a bounced check or their roommate or boss from hell instead of boring us with "Hi, it's me," "I'll be there in ten minutes," and "I'm at State and Lake."
Cells have been credited with helping emotionally disturbed people who talk to themselves blend in. But there are big differences. The conversation of emotionally disturbed people is usually more interesting, with a better narrative... and few would keep talking if they almost got hit by a car.