Mobile phones allow us to communicate instantly, with ease and spontaneity, they keep us in touch with friends, family and coworkers and the list of advantages of a smartphone in our pocket is inexhaustive.
But they can also be annoying if not used thoughtfully. I mean we all have encountered rude cell-phone users. Although most users think they have good mobile manners, clearly there's a lack of understanding of what is and isn't acceptable in terms of mobile etiquette.
This is my list of A Very Modern Mobiquette :
- Speak softly.
- Watch your language, especially when others can overhear you.
- Mobiles should be put away at the dining table.
- Don't text and drive. There is no message that is so important.
- Do respect the personal space of others. When you must use your phone in public, try to keep some distance between you and others.
- Make sure your mobile calls do not hamper your productivity. Don’t go for long personal calls at workplace. Be crisp and precise.
- Start your conversation with a warm “Hello”. It’s your tone which makes the difference.
- Switch off your mobiles while attending important meetings, presentations or seminars. In case of an emergency, move out of the place to attend the call.
- Learn to use your phone’s features like silent ring, vibrate and voicemail to handle the times when your phone would be bothering others if it rang and you answered it.
- Don’t play games in public with the sound on.
- Don’t make everyone wait to eat their food so you can Instagram the meal.
- Having speakerphone conversations in public is a big turnoff.
- Do not Talk on the phone the entire time you are in the car with your family.
- When watching TV with family leave the room to attend the call.
- Don’t take the phone out of someone’s hand when they’re trying to show you a photo.
- Constantly using your phone while having dinner/drinks/coffee with friends and family is very annoying.
Most importantly, be in control of your phone, don't let it control you !