Everyone has them…. Almost everyone finds them annoying at some point: mobile phones.
What is the real etiquette of mobile phone usage in public?
- Firstly – remember it’s YOUR phone so YOU are the one who is responsible for using it in the right places at the right times.
THINK: When are you annoyed by someone else using their mobile phone?
ACT: Don’t use your phone in those situations and you won’t come off as rude.
STAY AWAY – if you have to use your phone in a public place, go somewhere away from the general hearing population to have your conversation. 10’ is the recommended distance.
Volume – keep it down! If you need to use your phone in a public space, and cannot move, keep your voice down. Although you may think you have a nice voice, others are probably trying NOT to hear it.
Speaker phone – restrict its use.
THINK: if you were the one calling, and you were put on speakerphone, especially when the person you were calling was in a public location, would you like it?
ACT: keep speaker phone use for private areas
Your personal details – keep them that way.
THINK: Really, does everyone around you need to know what you did last night?
ACT: Keep personal details aside for when your personal space is not compromised.
Where and when NOT to use your phone – memorize this list!!
- Bathrooms (texting is acceptable)
- Elevators (texting is acceptable)
- Air plane
- On a date
- Hospitals (texting is acceptable)
- Public transportation (texting is acceptable)
- Schools (texting is acceptable outside of classrooms)
- Weddings / funerals
- Places of worship
Honestly – are you that indispensable that you must be reached ALL the time?
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