Mobile Phone Etiquette

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Features...

Nowadays, mobile phones are not just a luxury but a necessity as it helps us communicate with people wherever we are. It is especially handy in terms of emergencies.

In using this technology, there are certain manners that we need to keep in mind. Read the following tips and learn about some mobile phone etiquettes:

  • Put your phone on silent mode while in class. Ringing phones can get very distracting for the teacher and other students, so put the phone on vibrate mode or just turn it off until after class.
  • Avoid using your phone during class. Don’t text, play games, check emails, and do other mobile activities while you are in a class.
  • Don’t annoy people with your ring tone. Stay away from ring tones that are offensive or annoying to other people.
  • Keep your voice down. Talk in a moderate volume or else, people will get angry. This is especially important when you are in a place where people can’t get away from you, like in a theater, bus or an elevator. Yelling into a cell phone is not necessary since they have sensitive microphones that can pick up a soft voice while blocking out ambient noise.
  • Do not use cell phones in the library or other designated quiet place. People are trying to study so be polite.
  • Avoid talking about personal topics when others can hear you. If it is an important call, step outside or go to a secluded area to take or return the call. If you really have to answer, keep your voice low and the conversation brief. Let the caller know you’ll call him/her back when you’re available. It is a bad cell phone practice to argue or fight with someone in public.
  • Avoid taking calls or texting when you are talking to someone. If the call has to be taken, ask permission from the person you are talking to.
  • Don’t light up your phone’s screen in a dark theater. Phones should be turned off in movie theaters, observatories, or any public place that creates an atmosphere to transport the audience’s imagination. People pay to be entertained, and a ringing phone breaks the illusion.
  • Think before you text. Cell phones are also recorders, and text messages might end up on a Facebook page.
  • Be sensitive. Turn off the phone before a presentation. Leave it off at funerals, weddings, museum, or place of worship.

Sources:

Buckleitner, Warren. “Cellphone Etiquette for Kids.” Retrieved October 1, 2010 from
http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/cellphone-etiquette-for-kids/
“Cellphone Etiquette.” Retrieved October 1, 2010 from
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/26/cell-phone-etiquette-15-r_n_514927.html
Rockler-Gladen, Naomi. “Student Cell Phone Etiquette: Polite Wireless Use on College Campuses.” Retrieved October 1, 2010 from
http://www.suite101.com/content/student-cell-phone-etiquette-a27541
“What is Cell Phone Etiquette?” Retrieved October 1, 2010 from
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-cell-phone-etiquette.htm

(Published 02 November 2010, Smart Communications Inc.)

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