(c) Sylvia Henderson. All rights reserved.
Cell-ph evaluate cell ph-ones (phones)! Can’t live without them; a hassle to live with them.
Practice mobile phone etiquette to better live with them, with less hassle to others.
- Keep your phone from ringing in public places. If your mobile unit has a vibrate setting, use the setting when you are in enclosed public places (restaurants, movies, bank lines). Attach the phone to your clothing so that you feel the vibration. (No lewd thoughts here…this is a G-rated publication.) Watching a cell phone vibrate its way across the table in a meeting is as distracting as – though much funnier than – hearing the ring tone.
- Turn your microphone volume up so you do not need to yell into the phone. Talking loudly is useless if reception is weak. If someone cannot hear you when you speak in your normal speaking voice – or lower – the problem is usually their device. Keep your voice at low volume.
- When you are with a live human being, be fully there for the live person with you. Interrupt interpersonal interactions only for severe emergencies.
Ever notice how other people’s cell phones are annoying and never your own? Evaluate how you use your phone and realize that you are the other person to other people.
For more mobile phone etiquette tips…
Cell Phone Etiquette Tips
By Seth Elliott
But wait! There’s more!
10 Cell Phone Commandments
Shared by Emily.
- Thou shalt not dial while driving.
- Thou shalt not wear thy earpiece when thou art not on thy phone.
- Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone.
- Thou shalt not grow too attached to thy cell phone.
- Thou shalt not slam thy cell phone down on a restaurant table just in case it rings.
- Thou shalt not make the cell phone more important than the company thou art keeping.
- Thou shalt not leave the cell phone ringing just to show off the “cool” ringtones or refrain from answering for that same reason.
- Thou shalt turn off thy cell phone at funerals, weddings, yoga class, and anywhere it would be unacceptable to bring a screaming child.
- Thou shalt not have a message intro lasting more than 15 seconds.
- Thou shalt never answer your phone while you’re in the bathroom.
(Sylvia’s added note: Nor shalt thou leave your phone loosely secured when you use a Port-A-John™.)