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Top 10 Golden Rules For Correct Cell Phone Etiquette

Updated on March 30, 2012

My husband on his mobile while having lunch at home.

The Cell Phone User

Just about everyone these days, and that includes children, owns a cell phone. True, the cell phone is a necessity, considering that it is much cheaper to use than a landline, also you are able to make or take any call, 24x7. Take a short walk and you will see almost every second person talking on a cell phone, either while driving, walking the dog, taking kids to school, crossing the road (yes, that's dangerous too). Walk into a business center, an office, a college, or a restaurant, yes, you will see or hear someone talking loudly on a cell phone. Those with hands free appear to be talking and smiling to themselves.

Multi-tasking has become the norm and it is not surprising to see your maid washing vessels even as she deftly props up her cell phone between neck and shoulder while constantly engaged in some chatter. It is not at all uncommon to see skilled workers working at heights precariously doing the balancing act while taking calls from their cell.

While at the doctor's consulting chambers, engaged in bank transactions, or in the ICU of large hospitals, some people do not switch off their cell phones though, there is a sign put up telling you to. The pastor of a church begins his sermon only after telling you to switch off your cell phone. Rather sad, isn't it, when you hear a phone ring in the middle of a memorial service or a funeral service, or a wedding?

So, what category of cell phone user do you belong ? One that never switches off his cell phone or puts it on silent ? One that takes each and every call ? One that insists on speaking loudly while answering a call ? One that uses a loud ringtone ? One who is rude to those around, by ignoring them ? Yes, the one that called you on the cell gets your attention ! Even in the middle of a meeting ? Do you refuse to make a choice on what calls to receive and what to let go to your voicebox ?

Top 10 Rules For Correct Cell Phone Usage

  1. A careful choice must be made while choosing a ring tone. One that is not too vulgar, jarring, annoying, and one that does not hurt other's sentiments. For, you do not know when it will ring and where you will be at any point of time, and you should save yourself some embarrassment.
  2. Do not be rude. While on the phone, it is often noticed that you tend to be engaged in a conversation,and ignore those around you.
  3. Lower your voice while talking. Do not be loud, even if it is a heated argument on the phone. Or better still, choose to walk to a quiet corner or another room if you have to continue. It is recommended that you maintain at least 10 feet between you and the next person while on a cell phone.
  4. While in public or when others can hear you, avoid personal topics while talking on the cell phone.
  5. Be mindful of other road users while you drive. That means no speaking on the cell phone while driving. Maximum accidents are caused while engaged in speaking while driving.
  6. During a meeting with another person, strictly avoid taking calls. If you genuinely need to, excuse yourself from the person and keep it brief. Putting your cell phone's ringer on silent mode is recommended.
  7. Switch off your mobile before entering a place of worship, weddings, funerals, banks, hospitals, theaters, etc., so as to not disturb yourself or the others in your presence.
  8. Avoid texting while engaged in a conversation with anyone. Even while in a restaurant or a theater with someone. That would be classified as extreme rudeness.
  9. In a dark theater, never light up your cell phone screen. You will be disturbing everyone.
  10. Do not check your SMS's when talking to someone. Neither is it wise to look up anything on your cell phone, including social media such as facebook and twitter while engaged in a conversation face to face.

It follows that every cell phone user must decide whether a call should take priority over the situation at hand. Having a cell phone is handy provided you follow these golden rules.

Cell Phone Misuse

Which of these annoys you the MOST ? / Which according to you is the worst among the folowing ?

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    • chamilj profile image


      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for the useful Cell Phone Etiquette. Voted up and shared.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks everyone for sharing your views. Cell phones and misuse are an ever engaging topic.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I understand that some people have to use their phone at inopportune times, but you shouldn't neglect common courtesy to use it.

      Turn it off at work- one of my biggest peeves is my co-workers texting/messaging/etc. while I'm actually working. Do that on break but not during billable hours. Life isn't so important you can't unplug. I think that's the main thing.

      Great hub!

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Indeed. Now that they've added fines for talking/texting while driving, it does not seem to be the deterrent it should be. Perhaps the guilty should pay a fine the first time--but for a second offense, up the ante, and confiscate their vehicle for a month! I bet that would get their attention!

      We had cell phones for a while, but found them actually far MORE costly than the land line! I don't know where you are making a comparison, but here in CA, USA, cell phone rates and their "packages" are ridiculously expensive!

      We got rid of them, and now I only carry a pay-as-you-go phone with no fancy features, in case of emergencies.

      Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I can actually go either way. My phone is always going off because of it being hooked up to my email. That being said, I don't jump to it right away all the time. In fact, sometimes I hear it ring and I don't answer it either. Personally, I think cells are a pain in the butt. I hate talking on the phone. Of course once you get me on the phone it is a different story. But I don't get anything done if I am on the phone. For the most part, I use my cell for emergencies, but it is also are main form of getting in touch as we don't have a home phone. I do have to say one thing though... as long as a driver is using the blue tooth or hands free set on their phone while in the vehicle that doesn't bother me. To say that is distracting and dangerous would be no different than someone sitting in the seat next to them. We talk. If that is distracting then we should avoid conversation at all costs while in the car. Now... searching for phone numbers and texting... totally different story! Nice hub!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I wish more people would read this hub! For some reason, I find that people actually talk louder when they are on their cell phones... I will share so more people get the point!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Texting while driving or even talking while driving is my pet peeve. It's dangerous and I think whoever does it should receive be fined. It's simple to just pull over to the side of the road and make the phone call.

      Other than that I'm a rude mobile phone user. My family has to tell me a few times to turn my phone off or put it away. It's my office. I tell them not to blame me, but to blame Apple for the iPhone! Ha! Excellent hub!!!


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