There has been much discussion as well as advice columns on cell phone etiquette and yet, there are people who apparently haven’t read about it. So here we go again.
Etiquette is defined as “conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.” Having etiquette makes life easier on everybody – especially when we all have to live in such close proximity to one another. If we didn’t have etiquette, it wouldn’t be long before we would all become irritated and frustrated with one another. Cell phone manners might be a better title and appropriation of meaning for the following list. What are the standards in cell phone manners? They include:
1. Keep Your Voice Down – People that talk loudly on their cell phone so that everybody else in the room has to hear their conversation are rude. Why does one raise their voice while on the phone? Cell phone technology compensates for low sounds and technically boosts your voice, amplifies it to the listener, so there is no need to talk as loudly on the phone as you might face-to-face with somebody. Maybe you are just loud, you say. Maybe you think everybody wants to hear your business and you like the attention. Well, the news is, nobody wants to hear your conversation and if anything, the attention you will gain will be glares and stares.
2. Monitor Your Conversation – Okay, there are cases where you are speaking in a regular voice, not yelling and people are still going to hear your conversation – maybe it is unavoidable. If this is the situation, the least you can do is keep your conversation appropriate. Remember that people can hear you – do you really want everybody to know about the Jerry Springer parts of your life? Not everybody is interested in your latest ailment, about your best friends cheating boyfriend or how angry you might be at your co-worker.
3. Don’t Take Calls When Already In A Conversation – If you are hanging out with a friend or on a date, and in the middle of a conversation when the phone rings – don’t answer it. This is rude. You are basically saying that the other person has something more important to say than the one you are with. Nobody wants to stop mid sentence and wait for you to finish answering your phone, only to try and attempt to continue their train of thought.
4. Texting During Movies – Because so many movie watchers hate seeing bright lights going off throughout the theater as other theater attendees are checking their phones, many theaters make public announcements out loud or on the screen stating that you should not check your calls or texts while in the theater.
5. Don’t’ Text and Drive – This one is more than a courtesy or manners, it is just plain common sense. Texting while driving is proven to be lethal, not to mention just hazardous to those around you. Studies have shown that cell phones cause over 200 deaths and half a million injuries a year -and that doesn’t include texting, this is just people talking on their phone. There are many laws these days that prohibit texting and driving as well as talking on your cell and driving.
6. Don’t Text While With Friends – Answering the phone while the person you are with is talking to you is equally as rude as texting while somebody is talking to you. – and equally rude. You aren’t really listening to your friend if you are simultaneously texting somebody.
7. Having Annoying Ringtones – Loud and annoying ringtones fall into this category. Nobody wants to hear your screaming phone. There are a number of annoying ringtones available today and while you find them amusing, it is most likely nobody else will.
8. Turn off Your Phone During Meetings and Performances – This one has to be repeated time and time again – mostly because people forget their phone is even on them as it has become second nature to carry it. But nothing is more frustrating than trying to hear a speaker or watch a show and hear somebody‘s phone go off.