Cell Phones. WWJD

Everyone appreciates the convenience of cell phones. Yet we’ve all been subject to sudden interruptions and personal conversations not intended for us by people in public places with cell phones permanently attached to their ears? But something else problematic exists…

Don’t be deceived by the glibness of the title–this post relates a serious side of technology misuse that many people overlook.  It isn’t speaking of driving distractions or health issues, but something more subtly harmful to our humanity. It also reminds us why cell phone etiquette is important. Thanks to Charlie Wingard for sharing this Dallas News article by Ken Myers.  Click here to read his column.    In addition: Below you’ll find a list of basic cell phone etiquette that should be included in everyone’s good manners:

1. Use discretion in the information you share. Cell phone conversations are not private and may be monitored by someone else.

2. Turn off mobile phones in enclosed public places. This includes restaurants, schools, air planes, church services, funerals, weddings, meetings, performances, waiting rooms, libraries, business establishments and when you are involved in a transaction of any sort. If necessary, turn on the ringer to “vibrate”, but do not take calls that disturb or interrupt other people in your current situation in enclosed public spaces. Imposing your private calls on a “captive audience” is rude.

3. Politely excuse yourself and move to a private space to take an emergency or important call if you are in a group or public place.  Allow at least ten feet of separation space between you and others. To ignore those in your presence in favor of an incoming call, if not urgent, is rude.

4. Keep your voice low.

5. Take control of your calls.  Realize you need not take every call immediately. Ask if you may call back –or just let the phone go onto the voice mail.

6. Keep messages brief because many receipients pay for the time used.

7. Keep your mobile in a safe convenient place, but not atop dining tables.

8. Let your caller know you are on a mobile phone and may be disconnected.

9. Don’t drive and dial. Wear an ear piece when driving. Some new cars offer a voice command blue tooth “hand-setless” system in place–very practical.

10. Don’t text in theatres or dimly lit public rooms. Be aware that text messages can be forwarded.

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