5 CELL PHONE RULES FOR ON THE GO
JULY IS CELL PHONE COURTESY MONTH SO HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FOR PROPER CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE WHILE USING YOUR MOBILE DEVICE AROUND OTHER PEOPLE
ADJECTIVE – POLITE, RESPECTFUL, OR CONSIDERATE IN MANNER.
RULE #1: TURN VOLUME DOWN IN PUBLIC
When visiting friends or family, especially in group settings, be polite and turn your volume down. When you are out at a restaurant or in a theatre, turn your volume to vibrate or silent. Depending on your occupation, it might also be smart to turn your phone to vibrate, silent or off while at work even if it is in a bag.
RULE #2: RESPECT REAL LIFE INTERACTIONS
When you are having a conversation in real life, do not touch your cell phone. Don’t check to see if you got a message or a notification, don’t answer a text, don’t check the time, just don’t touch it. The person will feel as if you think that your cell phone is more important then them and that you are uninterested in what they have to say.
Can you say conversation killer? Some homes, restaurants and events even have phone-free zones for quality time.
RULE #3: PAY ATTENTION WHILE MULTITASKING
It is the classic sequence of events where you’re looking down at your mobile device and one second later you are face first into a pole or a person. If you decide to walk and text, be conscious of your surroundings or else you could experience one of the many side effects of multitasking such as hurting yourself, hurting others, causing damage to surroundings and/or phone, walking into dangerous situations such as a busy street and many other possibilities.
RULE #4: USE THE 10 FOOT RULE
When making or taking phone calls, take about 10 steps away from surrounding people. This way you won’t disturb or annoy them and you will be able to make your phone call in peace. When talking on the phone, there is nothing worse than having the other person yell in your ear because they have so much background noise around. Don’t be that person.
RULE #5: DO NOT TEXT/CALL WHILE DRIVING
The golden rule.
Besides the fact that is is against the law to use your cell phone for any reason while driving, consider the well being of others. Make the drivers seat a phone free zone, or at least a hands-free zone – If not for yourself, do it for the other people in your vehicle. Do it for the other drivers. Do it for the pedestrians. Do it for the sake of everyone’s well-being.
Did you know it is illegal to even check your phone at a red light?
Last year alone, the amount of texting and driving in Simcoe County has doubled. 80% of all collisions in Canada are caused by distracted drivers which is higher than impaired drivers.
Even if you think there is a good reason to pick up your phone while driving, it isn’t a good enough reason to put people’s safety in danger. In modern vehicles, there are options for hands-free calling and texting that use voice command and Bluetooth technology so offer a safer way to stay connected while on the go. For more information on GM hands free options click here.
Do you admit to texting and driving? (Anonymous poll – Click here)
They say it takes about 21 days to form a habit – Try using these rules for the entire month of July and by the end, they will just be habit. Cell Phone Courtesy Month 2015: Be polite, be respectful and be considerate.