Cell phones have invaded our classrooms and our bedrooms, our restaurants and our theaters, our offices and our streets.
Following are some of the rules to avoid being rude and annoying on your smart phone or a helpful list of cell phone etiquette tips:
1. Don't take a call in the middle of a face-to-face interaction
"Cell phones can destroy all your interpersonal dealings," says Graff. You should not even look at the screen while you're speaking to someone at a party or a lunch. It's best to think of how would you feel if the same had happen to you? If it would disturb you, then you probably shouldn't do it to someone else.
2. Stop texting or talking and driving
This is very obvious one. We’ve all seen the commercials or have read news. A driver takes his or her eyes off the road to read a text message which might have taken three to four seconds and suddenly the driver’s life is changed by a horrific accident. Many states have laws in place regarding texting and talking on the phone while driving. It's a big no-no option. These are the warning signs that you could be a cell phone addict.
3. Avoid using cell phone on public transportation
On public transportation, people are often stressed, rushing, or exhausted. All they want to do is to reach their destination and not listen to your conversation about your cousin's new girlfriend's brother and etc. Be polite when you are in public, enjoy the moment and your friends company, but above all be smart about your smartphone manners.
4. Avoid messaging in work meetings
Texting while you're in a meeting is a big no! You don't want your boss looking up and seeing you texting away and completely ignoring what's going on as it is very rude. Even if you're the boss, it's setting a bad example for your workers. Don't miss such business etiquette tips that could earn you a promotion.
5. End phone conversations when paying bills
Just because you don't know the cashier it doesn't mean you can keep chatting while they're helping you with your bill. Unless it's an emergency, it's just rude to stay on the phone right in their face. These are the most annoying coffee shop habits, observed by Starbucks baristas.
6. Keep your phone away at the dinner table
This is very much obvious because, hello, it's rude, but being respectful in public to both your dining partner and other diners is important, says Amy Rice, Gadget Expert. Parenting, etiquette, and financial expert Brett Graff adds, "If it rings, and you must answer it, explain to your dining companions that your child is at home by him or herself or you're waiting for a huge business deal to close. Otherwise, ignore it," she says.
7. Avoid talking on the phone in a waiting room, unless it's an urgent call
Waiting rooms can be crowded and noisy so not exactly favorable for a phone call. If you happen to talk on the phone, you can leave the area without disturbing your fellow waiting room occupants. These are some occasions when texting is actually more appropriate than calling.
8. Lower your voice when using cell phone in public
This one is similar to never shouting in public. Not only you should not shout, but you should also lower your tone/ voice. If you are not intersting in hearing other people's phone conversations, they definitely don't want to hear yours either.
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