cell phone etiquette
Everyone should be treated with respect, friendship & charm.
There is no substitute for quality in a person, and proper cell phone etiquettes are significant parts of this process.
Not only are you expected to be nice to people in person, but also be polite about the wider public's wants and needs.
So, when you are out and about, what are the main facets of your etiquette that you need to put in place?
People Come First
While your phone gives you access to people not present at that moment, the people who are present come first.
The text message of WhatsApp response can wait; if someone is talking to you in person, have the good grace to pay attention to them.
Put your phone down and listen to what they have to tell you.
Appreciate Personal Space
Avoid being that guy.
The one who stands on his phone and loudly tells the rest of a train carriage, bus or restaurant their personal details
…or worse, someone else’ personal details.
Always appreciate the importance of personal space; you need to be giving people the chance not to feel forced into your world.
If you need to take a call in a crowded public area, make it quick or be as minimal with detail as you can.
Leave It At Home
If possible, leave your smartphone either at home or in a locked drawer in your workspace.
The less chance you have to activate a Twitter account or sit and read WhatsApp chats with mates, the better.
You are in work to do something productive, so remember that basic etiquette usually means not sitting playing with your phone when work has to be done.
Save Updates For Later
Do you know anyone that excuse themselves just so they can go to the loo or sitting out on the stairs to scroll through their social media pages and see what’s happening in their social circle?
Or are you that person?
Don’t do that.
It is very unbecoming of anyone with any sense of decency and, frankly, makes you stand out as someone not really worth spending any time around.
Take Private Calls Privately
Similar to appreciating personal space, your basic cell phone conduct should be about taking things in privacy.
If someone was to come and discuss a personal or professional matter with you, you wouldn’t just blurt it out in the middle of a crowded room.
Do what you would do with the person in question; take the call privately, away from prying ears.