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I'd use them in any place that wouldn't feel weird to have a phone call. In practice, this generally doesn't include the middle of a coffee shop due to the noise, or for that matter even a particularly busy sidewalk.

But a less busy area while walking the neighborhood? Sure

Though, for that matter, I wish it was seen as rude to use your phone in many more places than people apparently feel comfortable doing it.

Have you ever been to a movie theater in Viet Nam ( I can't speak for the rest of SEA )? It's incredibly common for people to talk to each other in a full theater and use their phones (at high brightnesses). I suspect it's because not much care is given to being able to hear the dialogue in the movie since everyone is reading the subtitles anyways. Complete culture shock compared to the US.

I completely agree with you.

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