Being late versus phone ringing

At conferences and at places with lots of people, I tend to want to optimize the time and be late. On the other hand, I almost never disturb a meeting with my phone ringing.

Yet people would look at the above behavior and say – it’s OK to be late and not OK to have a phone ringing. But, I thought today, what does a phone ring do? Disturb the attention for a few seconds, and then stop. What does being late imply? Waiting for others.

A 5 minute delay is much more disturbing than a phone ring, yet people put emphasis on the phone ring, instead of the delay.

Yes, a phone ring is almost entirely on one’s control, while a delay can be caused by external factors.

Still, the emphasis is, in my opinion, wrongly put.