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Telephone Manners and Annoyances
Have you been in a situation where another person on a mobile phone was disturbing you and maybe everyone else around you? I was recently waiting in the doctor’s office reading my Kindle and there was a man talking business in such a loud voice it was impossible to tune him out. Sometimes people with IPODs also keep the noise level too loud when playing games. Mobile phones are a marvelous convenience, but has courtesy gone by the wayside?
I’ve been in the grocery store and heard more than I ever wanted to know about the argument a woman was having with her husband and many other personal details that should have remained private. Another thing that I find annoying is talking with someone who is looking at their phone reading a text, or worse yet sending one. This tells you that you do not have their attention, and are playing second fiddle to the mobile phone. I have also walked on sidewalks where someone almost mowed me down because they were walking, texting, and not watching where they are going. Everywhere you look, whether in people’s cars, at the gym and at every store people are talking on their phones. What did we ever do before cell phones?
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Manners and Etiquette Using a Cellphone
There was actually a 2012 Intel Mobile Etiquette Survey that found 92% of adults in America would like to see people practice better mobile etiquette in public. Whitmore founded National Cellphone Courtesy Month in 2002, which just happens to be this month, July. The goal in founding this courtesy month was to encourage people to be more conscious of their environment while using the cellphone by using cellphone etiquette. Since 91% of Americans have cell phones, a little more awareness would be nice. Furthermore, the Huffington Post has also posted 15 rules to follow for cell phone etiquette and they are quite similar to Kim Komando’s Ten Commandments for digital manners.
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Komando’s Ten Commandments
- “You shall give top priority to those who are with you.” This means giving the individual you are talking with your full attention and do not text. Listen! Listening carefully to a person lets them know they are important to you.
- “Thou shall not be distracted.” According to the National Safety Council 28% of auto accidents occur while people are texting or talking of their cell phones.
- “Do not shout on the sidewalk.” Talking on the phone while walking on the sidewalk is fine, using a normal tone of voice, but if the background noise is too loud, do not shout. Call back when you are in a quieter location.
- “Thou shalt not make private matter public.” Avoiding personal topics while in public.Texting embarrassing information is also not smart as it takes only seconds for those texts to be forwarded many times.
- “Do unto others as briefly as possible.” If you must take a call when you are in public, keep it as short as possible. Ask the permission of the other person first before answering as a courtesy.
- “Learn how to turn that thing completely off as soon as you get it out of the box.” Please turn the ringer off or the phone off when you are in a restaurant, church, a movie theater or other similar type of establishment. Recently I was in a movie theater when a young man answered a cell call and actually talked for several minutes loudly. Soon everyone in that seating area was yelling at this man to turn off his phone.
- “Use headphones correctly.” If you are playing a game on an IPOD or cellphone, use a set of quality headphones. This is a thoughtful way to enjoy a game and not disturb others. Of course, if someone is talking to you it is polite to remove the headphones.
- “Thou shalt not cause light pollution.” Avoid lighting up your cell phone in a dark theater. Also, if you are on a train or plane at night, turn the brightness down as a courtesy to others.
- “Share only with permission.” When people are traveling they love to take pictures, which is no problem. If you are taking pictures of strangers it is polite to ask their permission first and that certainly holds true if you when Facebook tagging.
- “Exercise good taste.” Keep the content on your screen at a G level when in public and save the risqué material for the privacy of your home.
Kim Komando”s Ten Commandments make sense and the commandments are a good method of being courteous with your mobile devices. He is best known radio talk show host concerning consumer electronics, the internet and computers.
In the home where there are children it is a good idea to establish some boundaries for cell phone use also. Cell phones do not belong at the dinner table. Establish some family time periods where the phones are turned off. That way healthy dialogue between family members can occur without one person texting and another one wondering if a text message has arrived. A little etiquette regarding cell phones should be taught to children and the adults should set the good examples.
Do you try to be courteous when using your cell phone?
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby