Mobile phone use is now common place and people are more connected to their phones than ever. It goes to reason that etiquette guides need to be updated with the latest in Mobile phone do's and do not make sure everyone still gets along in civil society.
If you take a stock of various situations you experience with others in day to day life, for example would you consider it rude when in midst of a discussion with you your colleague picks up his / her phone that suddenly rings and walk off as if you did not exist, if you do then you are not alone! Do you ever experience a situation when you are in face to face Talk with child or your kin and he / she is running fingers over the keys of mobile phone as if he / she is ignoring you, if you do then you are not alone! And if you look around further you'll find many situations in which you find you are not the only one!
So here are some simple tips for responsible Mobile phone usage in public that will not get you a barrage of haters.
- There is a time and place for everything. There are certain places you just do not need to talk on the phone or text; rituals, weddings, in the middle of a medical procedure, etc. Keep in mind the social nature of your surroundings, and act accordingly.
- Keep the private stuff private. No matter where you are, you do not need to have a loud one-sided conversation about your child's poop, your husband's affair or other personal matters.
- Focus on the person you're with . It's rude to take a call or constantly be texting when you are with an actual living and breathing human being that requires your attention. If the call is important excuse yourself, walk away, and then come back ready to give your full attention.
- Can you eat without your phone in front of your face? Meal times are becoming overrun with social media status updates and business calls that are best left on hold while you take the time to eat and talk with your family. An hour for dinner is the perfect time to unplug and relax!
- Talk on your own time. Never talk on your phone while you are expected to be checking out at the grocery store or are in the middle of getting your hair cut, or any other time where you are stopping someone from doing their job and holding up a line full of angry customers .
As much as we love our phones and the constant connection they provide, there are certainly times to let a call go to voicemail. Keep these tips in mind and be a responsible phone owner.