Modern manners – cellphone usage
There is something we have to talk about – modern manners and cellphone usage. I’m sure we can all agree the cellphone is one of the world’s greatest inventions. But let’s take a minute to talk about how we use it in our everyday lives and how that usage can affect those around us.
The number one rule is to avoid taking calls or texts when you are engaged in a face-to-face conversation. While you may be tempted, please resist the urge. This shows respect and appreciation for the people you are with. If you must take the call, ask to be excused.
Same with texting. Texting others while in a face-to-face situation is the equivalent of whispering behind someone’s back.
Other rules include lowering your voice when you take calls in public, avoiding personal topics, putting your phone’s ringer on silent mode in public spaces, acknowledging the delay (latency, the time between you speaking and the other person hearing it, and accepting responsibility for a bad connection and dropped calls); it’s no one’s fault. Last and most important, HANG UP AND DRIVE. Drivers need to focus all their attention on the road.
Let’s remember it’s not the cellphone that is the problem. It is the user’s lack of respect for others and bad manners. Rather than coming across as one of THOSE people, be aware of the simple rules of phone etiquette in public. Remember, when you are with people you care about, be both physically and mentally present. I know we can all appreciate that.