11 Reasons to Stop Using Your Cell Phone In Public Places July Is Cell Phone Courtesy Month
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- Here are 8 ways to be more considerate when using your cell phone in public places
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- You force society at large to be your caretaker
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- 10 Cell Phone Etiquette Rules You Should Be Following—but Aren’t
- 50 more etiquette rules you should always follow
11 Reasons to Stop Using Your Cell Phone In Public Places
July Is Cell Phone Courtesy Month
As a society, we have determined that cell phone conversations and texting in public
places is annoying, inconsiderate, and unsafe.
Admittedly, we’ve all been guilty of annoying people with our cell phone conversations
and blindly walking while texting.
Because July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month,
let’s all make an effort to be a bit more
considerate when we’re out in public.
Consider this: You can only count on so many people who will be looking up from their
phone in time to save you from bumping into a po
le, who won’t switch to video to record
the incident, or who will be willing to take action to save you.
1. Keep the topic and word choice, family-friendly.
2. Once you enter a public restroom, hang up! (
3. If you must text, take or make a call, make it brief.
Tell the caller that you’ll call back later or let the voicemail feature handle it
5. If pe
ople are staring or giving you a look because you’re too loud, take a hint, please.
6. Walk away to a secluded area.
7. Speak in a low voice.
8. When you approach the check stand, reservation desk, any service counter, hang up!
1. You are boring everyone around you.
2. Your one-way conversation is an irritant.
3. You are forcing us to know way more than we ever wanted about you.
4. You force society at large to be your caretaker, jumping in front of an oncoming bus to save
5. You expect society at large to move because your head is buried in your phone.
6. On public transportation, I might be trying to doze off.
7. I might be trying to have a conversation with the person next to me.
8. I might be trying to read.
9. Someone might be trying to flirt with you. (
You’ll never be the person who society can count on to help others in need. (A sad
By the way, since your conversation is in p
ublic space, you wouldn’t mind if we joined in
and shared our opinion, would you?
We’ll help you solve your
dilemma, and then
we can all enjoy a peaceful walk or ride home.
July is “cell phone courtesy month,” let’s all begin showing each other a little more
courtesy and consideration.
Put your phone away at the dinner table
This phone etiquette rule may seem obvious because, hello, it’s rude, but being courteous 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 home by him or herself or that
you’re waiting for a huge business deal to close. Otherwise, ignore it,” she says.
End phone conversations when paying for purchases
Just because you may not know the cashier doesn’t mean you can keep chatting away while
they’re helping you. Unless it’s an emergency, it’s just rude to stay on the phone right in their
face. These are the most
, according to Starbucks baristas.
Never shout when talking on the phone
Can you hear me now? If they can’t, maybe you should call them back later. When in public, it’s a
good phone etiquette practice to try not to raise your voice while on the phone. No one else needs
to be privy to your conversations—or your arguments, says Rice. Don’t miss these
unbreakable rules for using today’s tech
Never text or talk and drive
This is an obvious one. Many states have laws in place regarding texting and talking on the phone
while driving. Hint: It’s a big no-no. These are the
Avoid texting in work meetings
You don’t want your boss looking up and seeing you texting away and completely ignoring what’s
going on. Plus, if you’re the boss, it’s setting a bad example for your workers. Don’t miss these
business etiquette tips that could earn you a promotion
Turn off the phone in places such as a church, temple, or theater
Rice says there are no exceptions to this rule. There are just certain places where cell phones
should be and often are off-limits. And remember, checking your phone and having it light up in a
dark theater—even if you don’t talk, text, or Tweet—is just as rude. Here are
50 more etiquette
rules you should always follow
Avoid talking on the phone in a waiting room, but if you must, leave the area first
Waiting rooms can be crowded and noisy—not exactly conducive to a phone call. If you must talk
on the phone, Rice suggests leaving the area so as not to disturb your fellow waiting room
occupants. Here some other
occasions when texting is actually more appropriate than calling
Avoid using a phone on public transportation
On public transportation, people are often stressed, rushing, or exhausted. All they want to do is
get where they’re going, not listen to your conversation about your cousin’s new boyfriend’s
sister. “Be courteous when you are in public, enjoy the moment and your friends, but above all be
smart about your smartphone manners,” says Rice. These are other
Lower your voice when using your phone in public
This phone etiquette guideline is a continuation of never shouting in public. Not only should you
not shout, but you should automatically lower your voice. If you don’t want to hear other people’s
phone conversations, they definitely don’t want to hear yours either. Here are more
manners that etiquette teachers wish you knew
Don’t take a call in the middle of a face-to-face conversation
“Cell phones can destroy all your interpersonal dealings,” says Graff. “You should not even give
the screen a glance while you’re speaking to someone at a party or a dinner.” Sometimes it’s best
to think of how would you feel if that happened to you? If it would bother you, then you probably
shouldn’t do it to someone else. In addition to phone etiquette slip-ups, here are more
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