Cell Phone Etiquette
everyone has been in situations where a cell phone user does not
consider others. Especially at work, at school, in a restaurant,
on the street, or at any public place, it can be frustrating to others
when you talk on your cell phone, or just text, or when others hear
your cell phone ring. Cell phone etiquette involves following
general rules to show respect to others when using a cell phone in
public. As the cell phone has become an essential component in
our daily lives, it is crucial to follow proper cell phone etiquette if
one wishes to maintain consideration and courtesy to others.
you voice down while on your cell phone. There isn’t a need to
raise your voice unless you don’t mind others nearby hearing your
private conversation. If you need to have a private discussion on
your cell phone, then find a quiet spot away from others, a place where
you can talk freely. Should you be on the bus or in a busy
restaurant, a place where it’s not possible to hold a private cell
phone conversation, then simply call back your caller later on.
your cell phone off in a movie theatre, a playhouse, a concert theatre,
or in any other similar public place where lights and sounds are
carefully controlled. The lights and sounds are monitored and
controlled for the enjoyment of the entire audience. Therefore,
it’s quite rude if a cell phone lights up or rings during a movie or
performance. Furthermore, one should not even text message or
check his or her cell phone for missed calls in such public places
because it can be very distracting to those around, especially during
the show or presentation.
When attending a class in
school, visiting a library, or attending an important meeting at work,
turn your cell phone ringer off and perhaps just leave the cell phone
on vibration mode. This way you’re not being disturbed, you’re
not disturbing others, and yet you can identify the caller through your
cell phone’s caller ID feature. If it’s an important call and you
need to respond quickly, then you may leave quietly or excuse yourself
and return the call from elsewhere.
It’s quite rude to answer
your cell phone during a face-to-face conversation with someone. This
clearly makes the person with whom you were conversing feel far less
important than the caller. You could perhaps just let the
incoming call roll to your voicemail and simply call back later.
If your phone does ring in the midst of a face-to-face conversation and
you would like to answer, then quickly explain that the call is urgent
prior to answering your cell phone. This will demonstrate respect
for whomever you are speaking to face-to-face.
for your safety and for the safety of others, the law states that the
driver may not hold a cell phone. Your complete concentration
needs to be on driving. Definitely do not read or send text
messages while driving. If you must answer a call, the law
requires that your cell phone be on speakerphone or hands-free
mode. To make a call, your cell phone needs to have a
voice-activation feature. All in all, it’s always best to wait
until reaching your destination before using your cell phone. If
a call is distracting or upsetting, then pull over and stop your car
before continuing with the conversation.
Cell phone etiquette is
mostly a matter of being considerate of others. By following some
basic rules of good manners and safety when using a cell phone in
public, you are actually contributing to our society becoming more
courteous while enjoying the technology of your cell phone.
Take this quiz to help you identify your knowledge of cell phone etiquette - Jobstriker
Take the Cellphone Etiquette Quiz (based on the reading) to check your comprehension and vocabulary skills.
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