We all have one (or two or more) mobile phones. Most have the latest models. And in spite of the billions of mobile phones in the world, mobile phone etiquette is understated. It’s irritating to see how people (including me) have pet peeves on others who don’t seem to observe respectful behavior when using a mobile phone. In an age where smartphones are the rule than the exception, here are a few reminders on cellphone etiquette.
1. Texting and sharing
Avoid sending too many messages without getting a reply from the initial message you sent. And try to make sure that you read back what you text and check who you’re sending your message to before pressing send. Texting several messages in a row makes you seem needy.
K, LOL, GTG…and other acronyms should be avoided. There’s auto correct. Avoid using acronyms especially if only you can understand. Besides, it’s not cool. It makes you look ignorant at spelling.
When you’re in a group thread, be mindful of the sentiments of the group. You cannot just point what you wish. Jokes, prayers, daily rants, food posts, personal events – should be in a separate thread. There are group threads that are “official” and serve for announcement of work, information or group related activities. Being sensitive to other people is basic etiquette.
When texting, don’t text or email with ALL CAPS ON. Nobody likes being shouted at.
Don’t send “round robin” chain messages. It’s irritating and seriously, if chain messages were true, the devil would have died long time ago.
2. Look at the face not the phone
When we are with people, it’s important that we look at their face when talking to them and NOT the phone. It’s highly inappropriate that you’re staring at the phone during a conversation, a conference or meeting.
3. Silence should be observed
Keep your phone in silent mode during times that will require silence – at church, in meetings, during a conference, in the movie house, concerts, libraries, funerals. For your information, they’re universal quiet zones. It’s irritating to hear blaring Voltes V or Mission Impossible ring tones at these places.
Don’t leave phones on dinner or dining tables. It’s a sign of expecting a call and hurrying up the party you’re dining with. It’s rude.
Don’t make a waiting or service staff wait for you to finish your conversation. When you’re in a group meeting or party and receive a call, be excused, step out of the meeting, and take the call outside. Not everyone has to hear how you closed a billion pero deal.
Watch the volume of your speaking voice. You don’t have to scream when talking. If you can’t hear the other party, it must be the connection is choppy, the volume of your phone is low, or you’re tone deaf. If you’re fighting with the other party, go out of the room and scream at the top of your voice in private. We don’t have to listen to your sh*t.
And if your kids are playing games, turn the volume down. Everyone doesn’t have to hear those irritating repetitive sounds. When you’re in a restaurant, it’s irritating to have a child watching in full volume, her fave movie. Get her a headset.
Remember, being considerate of others particularly in public mandates us to learn phone etiquette.