Cell Phone Etiquette Is it Necessary, The Answer Is Yes……
Cell phone etiquette is it necessary, the answer is yes. Cell phones are everywhere and almost everybody has one, except my mom, she has a landline but she gets a pass because she well into her eighties and she refuses to change.
Have you ever been in the presence of someone speaking so loud on their phone that you feel like you’re part of the conversation? You don’t know who they’re talking to but you heard all of their business. There are times when I think people don’t realize just how loud they are speaking. There are also times when I think people want you to hear their conversation as a means of low-key bragging.
No matter the situation, there are rules of cell phone etiquette that we can use to help keep our conversations private and as a means of respecting involuntary listeners. If you think you aren’t practicing the best phone etiquette or you need a few tips, these simple rules should help:
- Be aware of your surroundings and mindful of your personal business, remember others can hear your conversation.
- Phones vibrate for a reason. When dining or enjoying a movie, allow others to do the same by putting your phone on vibrate or turning off the ringer.
- Eyes on the road at all times. Be hands-free and never dial or text while driving.
- Pitch and tone are important so lower your voice and watch your language. Say NO to the potty mouth.
- Remember, it is very rude to read or respond to texts and emails when you are face to face with others. One of my close friends does this and I always want to put her phone in my water-glass (but I don’t).
- Think about the photos saved on your phone, especially those used for screensavers. I once got an eyeful of my co-worker’s mate because she thought him in his birthday suit was a sexy screensaver.
- If you must argue or express yourself in an agitated mode, find a private spot to converse and handle your business. It happens to the best of us.
These days some folks really like to eavesdrop on conversations they are not involved in, but if you are shouting your business for the world to hear well, it’s hard to blame the other ears in the room for being nosy. It might be hard for people with small children, tweens and teens to follow some of the rules of cell phone etiquette, but if you have to break them, be smart and be careful.
Have any rules of cell etiquette or suggestions, drop us a line. This is a list that can always be updated!