Cellphones have not only become a fad, but an essential part of everyone’s lives. You step out and you will see everyone busy doing something or the other with their phones. Agreed that cellphones keep us in touch with friends and family and can be life savers in an emergency. But they can also be annoying if not used thoughtfully. Remember, your phone doesn’t have to be on all the time and you don’t always have to answer it immediately. There are various features like silent ring, vibrate and voice mail which can be used as well.
The cellphone is not a problem, it is the user’s lack of respect for others that is a problem. Instead of coming off as one of those people, why not use a few simple rules of cellphone etiquette? It will make life so much better.
Phones should be switched off in theaters, cinemas, art galleries, or any public space where silence is desired. Ensure that your mobile phone conversation is not disturbing other people. Intimate or difficult conversations are never appropriate in front of others – try and respect your own, and other people’s, privacy. Calls should be kept brief in hospitals, public transport, checkouts,waiting rooms, functions, etc.
When you’re hanging out with friends and family, don’t be rude and chat with someone else on your cell phone. Be both physically and mentally present for the people you care about. If your phone rings, let the person know you’ll call back later, when you are alone. Doing otherwise gives the person you’re with the impression that he/she isn’t important to you.
Multi-tasking while using the phone is a strict No-no. Avoid making calls while driving, shopping, banking, waiting in line, or doing almost anything that involves interacting with other human beings. In some situations it puts your life and the lives of others in danger, and in other situations it can bother some people.
Ideally, you should turn it off entirely. If you’re anticipating an important call, let the person you’re with know beforehand that you’re expecting a call that you’ll need to take. No matter what, don’t hold a conversation at the table; step away, follow step 1, and don’t stay away any longer than you would for a bathroom break. Never text at the table, even if the face-to-face conversation dies down. It will be seen as disrespectful.
On a landline, your voice gets amplified by a microphone in the receiver and sent to your earpiece, allowing you to hear the true volume at which you are speaking. On a cellphone, there is no magnification into the earpiece, so you only register the volume coming from your mouth. Most of us simply don’t realize how loudly we talk when on our phones. Avoid cell yell and use a conversational tone when speaking on a cellphone.