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The 10 Commandments of Cell Phone Etiquette (Part 1)

Posted by Patricia Turchyn | October 17, 2012 11:09 AM

Cell phone etiquette

Everyone has them…. Almost everyone finds them annoying at some point: mobile phones.
What is the real etiquette of mobile phone usage in public?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 

  5. 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.

  6. Where and when NOT to use your phone – memorize this list!!

    1. Bathrooms (texting is acceptable)
    2. Elevators (texting is acceptable)
    3. Air plane
    4. On a date
    5. Hospitals (texting is acceptable)
    6. Theaters 
    7. Public transportation (texting is acceptable)
    8. Schools (texting is acceptable outside of classrooms)
    9. Concerts
    10. Weddings / funerals
    11. Places of worship

Honestly – are you that indispensable that you must be reached ALL the time?

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Tips, Cellphones

Written by Patricia Turchyn

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