Cell Phone Manners
April 9, 2012, 9:37 PM
Filed under: Uncategorized

There is no doubt that cell phones have a permanent and essential role in modern society.

But when cell phones interrupt important proceedings and are used in the wrong place at the wrong time, it is unacceptable and makes us grind our teeth in despair at the users’ rudeness and blatant lack of care and consideration for the people around them.

The following are some of the places and events where cell phones should be switched off or the ring tone muted.

If it is vitally important to be reached in such places then the call should be kept brief and the voice low:

– On public transport in proximity to other commuters

– In hospitals, restaurants and shopping centres

– At checkouts, cinemas and theatres

– Train stations, bus stops and air ports

– Doctors’ surgeries, churches and conventions

– Waiting rooms, libraries and lecture rooms

– At christenings, weddings and funerals

– And at a dozen other places that you can think of without my help

It’s not the use of cell phones that is the problem; it’s the loud and annoying ring tone.

It’s the shouting into the cell phone; it’s the airing of one’s private life on the cell phone in the presence of strangers.

It’s the endless verbal diarrhoea and ear bashing that one and all are subjected to without fear or favour that is the problem.

Driving or walking on the street while talking on the mobile phone delays the reflexes and can shorten someone’s life.

That life could be yours.  So be safe or be sorry.

It is bad cell phone etiquette to make a call whilst in the company of another person.

In fact, it is downright rude.

If you absolutely must make that call, apologise first, then make the call.

Keep it very brief.

Sending text messages in company is even worse.

Once again, if you must, excuse yourself first and then be very brief.

Share the message with those present as a courtesy to let them know that they are not the subject of the message.

It is unforgivable to talk on a mobile phone while ‘dealing’ with another person such as a checkout in a shop or bank-teller or greeting or farewelling someone.

Lastly, camera cell phones.  These are so useful and handy.

Be aware of privacy laws, the rights of others and charges of voyeurism if used inappropriately in the wrong places.

Practicing good cell phone etiquette will not improve your popularity but it will certainly not make you unpopular.

Importantly, you will not be contributing to cell phone rage.


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