Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Guest Writer0
Emily Post, Meet the iPhone: Etiquette Rules for Using Your Smartphone
We’ve all experienced it: one minute we’re enjoying a pleasant meal at our favorite restaurant and the next minute, the peace is disturbed by someone yelling so loudly into their iPhone that we can hear the reverberations of their larynx. Smartphones don’t make us rude, but they can certainly pave the way for less-than-considerate behavior. It’s easy to get caught up in a phone conversation, texting, or online surfing to the point where we are inadvertently rude to those around us. Etiquette experts agree that there are certain things you can do to ensure that you are not seen as a mobile device Neanderthal:
1) Turn your cell phone off and put it away in most social situations and quiet situations. Are you in an occupied public bathroom, in a hospital waiting room, or in an auditorium, place of worship, library, taxi, meeting, bus, train, school, wedding, or other function? Your mobile device should be off and put away. Any quiet place where there are others – a waiting room, a live performance – is not the spot for a phone chat.
2) Obey “no cell phones” and “quiet” signs. They are there for a reason.
3) If someone asks you to turn your smartphone off, do it. You may be in a quiet-only area or there may be a medical reason why someone needs the phone off.
4) Choose your ringtones carefully. If you would be embarrassed to have your employer or mom hear it, select a different ringtone. Also, make sure that the sound is dialed down. You generally have your mobile device very near you – it does not need to be as loud as a jet take-off.
5) Do not speak loudly into your mobile device. The person on the other hand can hear you when you speak normally. If not, disconnect and try to make the call some other time. Shouting in public is rude and disruptive.
6) Watch what you say into your phone. If you wouldn’t say it to your mother or your employer, you shouldn’t say it into the phone in public.
7) Take your phone call away from others. Try to get at least ten feet away if you can or take your conversation to a quiet area away from others.
8) Don’t just substitute texting with talking. If you are around other people and are texting, that it just as rude as ignoring the people around you in favor of a phone conversation.
9) Put away the cell phone when dining or interacting with others. If you are at dinner, on a date, hanging out with friends, or taking care of errands with bank tellers, cashiers, or other service personnel, put away the phone. Speaking on your mobile phone or even checking it regularly gives the impression that the people around you are not important.
10) Turn your smartphone off when driving. Not only is it rude to fellow motorists to be so focused on your phone calls that you cut people off, but talking (or texting) and driving can lead to a nasty car accident.
It is possible to be polite and to use a smartphone in public, but it takes some mindfulness. You need to be aware of how you are using your mobile phone – and how you are treating the people around you.
Sam Jones, the author, has been looking at refurbished iphone deals in an effort to save a little whilst still gettng the best possible phone.