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I've heard the general reasoning that even though you may or may not be violating Shabbat, things should be abstained from in the spirit of Shabbat. In other words, if there's doubt about something that may not be allowed, one should defer to what Shabbat is all about instead of trying to find loopholes.


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An argument could be made that any speaking is causing more electrical activity -- though likely this would be prohibited at either the rabbinic level or extra-serious-custom level; some amount of slippery-slope thinking has also been invoked (if we allow this, what's next?!, or simply people will be tempted to play with the settings.) The stance of many ...


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