Cell Phone Etiquette
What is it with people and their cell phones? Granted it’s a wonderful invention, but more and more, people seem to be using it to annoy (intentionally or not) others around them. Heck, my younger sister and I had an argument last May because she was talking loud on a cell phone in crowded restaurant. I told her to take her conversation outside and she started bitching at me. This led to a very heated argument in the middle of Time Square and we haven’t talked since. Yesterday she called me for the first time since the blow up and we ended arguing about the whole thing again. She doesn’t think she did anything wrong. Now tonight on the bus, I was surrounded by 4 people yapping away. Don’t they understand how rude it is to be loudly talking on a cell phone in a public place? People, we don’t want to hear about your sex life, your obnoxious friends, parents, boss, spouse, kids, etc. Keep your personal and business dealings to yourself. Goodness. I’m so annoyed by all the excessive cell phone talking in public places, that I just might print off the cell phone do’s and don’ts listed below and pass them out. Things have totally gotten out of hand.
Cell phone etiquette: 10 dos and don’ts
by Joanna L. Krotz
1. Never take a personal mobile call during a business meeting. This includes interviews and meetings with co-workers or subordinates.
2. Maintain at least a 10-foot zone from anyone while talking.
3. Never talk in elevators, libraries, museums, restaurants, theaters, dentist or doctor waiting rooms, places of worship, auditoriums or other enclosed public spaces, such as hospital emergency rooms or buses. And don’t have any emotional conversations in public — ever.
4. Don’t use loud and annoying ring tones that destroy concentration and eardrums. Grow up!
5. Never “multi-task” by making calls while shopping, banking, waiting in line or conducting other personal business.
1. Keep all cellular congress brief and to the point.
2. Use an earpiece in high-traffic or noisy locations. That lets you hear the amplification — how loud you sound at the other end — so you can modulate your voice.
3. Tell callers when you’re on a cell phone and where you are — so they can anticipate distractions or disconnections.
4. Demand “quiet zones” and “phone-free areas” at work and in public venues, like the quiet cars on the Metroliner.
5. Inform everyone on your stored-number list that you’ve just adopted the new rules for mobile manners. Ask them to do likewise. Please.