The ability to keep in touch with family, friends and business is important. But these days cell phones also allow you to access email, store data, take pictures and videos, listen to music and surf the net. They are super convenient and time saving, but your cell phone can also cause you to waste a lot of time and be a generally all around annoying person.
This is why using a little cell phone etiquette is important.
Keep conversations private. Keep in mind that other people don’t want to listen to your personal conversations. Stepping away for your private conversations will make everyone more comfortable.
Turn off your phone. Get in the habit of using the silent feature or turning off your phone before entering a gathering, meeting, auditorium or other public place. By doing so, you won’t be distracted so easily. You can also use an app to turn off your ringer that will allow you to set a time that the phone will turn the ringer back on. How convenient. You don’t even have to think about it!
Don’t multitask. Stop talking on your phone while driving or crossing the street. Don’t risk your safety for a phone call. Same goes for texting and web surfacing while trying to do something else. You know of all the studies that prove multitasking doesn’t work. Don’t engage with your phone while trying to focus on something else.
Never have extended cell conversations in the company of others. Continuing to use the phone while nodding and signaling to the person in front of you is bad-mannered. It keeps you from being fully present with them. Keeping in touch with your friends and family needs to be done in person. Do it! Get off your phone.