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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Ten Cell Phone Manners - For Ladies and Gentlemen

Cell phones have invaded our lives without a subtle warning, seeming to make everyone ruder, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Rude and impolite cellphone users are anywhere that there's a cell phone signal.

Ever imagined the chaos and total disorder if everyone has unbridled use of their cell phones during dinner, birthday parties, at the cinemas,
restaurants? Our increasingly mobile lives can't be downplayed.

Daily we are growing depending more and more on our cell phones. We have a relationship with them, an almost unhealthy relationship, if you ask me. That is why we need cellular phone etiquette! has put together a helpful list of ten cell phone etiquette tips.

Check them out below.

1.Lower your voice when taking calls in public: Don't talk too loudly. Generally you don't have to shout in the microphone to be heard on the other end. In fact, doing so often makes it harder for you to be understood. In addition, shouting on the phone disrupts people around you.

It is not other people's responsibility to cope with your mobile phone use; it is your responsibility to use your mobile phone inoffensively. Please note that "inoffensively" is not defined by what you expect others to tolerate, but by what others do in fact find offensive.

2. Avoid personal topics when others can hear you: Do not talk about personal details in public. Personal is just that: personal. If callers want to talk about personal details, tell them that you will call them back later, move someplace where you can have a little privacy, or switch to text messaging.

3. Don't multi-task: 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.

4. Stay away from others while talking on the phone.Observe the 10-foot Proximity Rule.If possible, keep a distance of at least 10 feet (3 metres) between you and anyone else whenever you talk on your phone.
Most people do not want to hear what you're talking about.Try not to also talk on the phone in any enclosed spaces, even if you're more than 10 feet away from anyone.
They can still hear you because it's an enclosed space and usually, they're forced to just sit there and listen and maybe be annoyed to some extent.

5. Avoid taking calls or texting when when you're already engaged in a face-to-face conversation. Using your phone when you're having a meal with someone is a no-no.
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, 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.
If you must, ask the permission of those you're with.

6. Choose your ringtone wisely, no vulgar or annoying tones

7. Don't put your phone on speaker. Just as many people do not want to hear your end of the conversation, they don't want to hear the other person's either.

8. Know where not to use your phone. Some places are inappropriate for cell phone usage, so avoid talking on your cell phone.

or having it ring while in the following places:
Waiting rooms
Places of worship
Lecture halls
Live performances
Movie theaters
While visiting relatives

9. Put your phone ringer on silent mode in public places.

10. Turn your phone off at any time that you are asked to when on a plane.
Or, in fact, anywhere else where people are likely to be disturbed, unless it is important and you can't go anywhere.

Remember that these are just guidelines. Everyone has different expectations about proper etiquette. Handle your situation accordingly.

Can you think up others that belong on the list of cell phone ‘dos and dont’s?’ Please share them in the comments section below.

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