Most of us can’t imagine a world without our smartphones, which makes sense considering that 77% of Americans own one, according to Pew Research. Smartphones have become such a regular part of life and how we communicate. Think of all of the things you do with your phone; check email, text, use social media, get directions, and even make the occasional phone call.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the world that exists within your phone. However, you also need to be respectful of those around you. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, so follow these cell phone courtesy tips that will help you to be more aware of your own habits.
1. Put the Phone Down
There are times when you just need to put your phone down, or better yet, put it away completely. Think about how annoying it is to try and have a conversation with someone when their eyes are glued to the phone screen. Don’t check your phone while you’re in a meeting or out with friends. Don’t even leave your phone on the table. You’d be surprised how reflexively you reach for it.
Checking your phone is not only rude, but shows that you’re not really interested in the conversation. Give people your full attention instead.
Also, be sure to pay attention to your surroundings when using your phone while walking down the street. You don’t want to bump into someone or end up hurt because you weren’t watching where you were going.
2. Turn Off Your Ringer
Don’t be that guy. Remember to turn the volume down or off when in a movie theater, library, doctor’s office and other places where appropriate. A little respect for the people around you goes a long way.
3. Is Now a Good Time?
If a conversation starts to get tense or sensitive when you are in public, either find a private place or wait to finish the call until another time. Also, if the call has anything to do with your personal information, for your own safety you probably shouldn’t have that conversation in public.
4. Watch the Volume
Be aware of the people around you when making a call in public. Keep conversations brief when in a public space and watch how loudly you’re talking. “Cell yell” is a real thing. People tend to speak more loudly on the phone than they would speak in person. Definitely don’t use speakerphone when in public. The whole world doesn’t need or want to hear your conversation. Step out of the room, or move to a different space if you need to take a call.
Also, if your phone is constantly buzzing with notifications for texts and emails, this can be distracting or annoying to people.
5. Keep it to Yourself
Despite how great your taste in music is, or how awesome the video is that you’re watching, not everybody in the waiting room or sitting next to you on public transportation shares your taste. Use headphones and don’t blast the volume.
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