No Cell PhoneHave you ever been seated in a theatre and the villain is about to be uncovered and someone’s cell phone rings – and he or she answers it. How annoying! How Rude! They just ruined the movie for you. How about when you’re about to enjoy dinner at your favorite restaurant and the person sitting at the table next to you decides to have a conversation on their cell phone about their recent surgery. What if it’s your cell phone that rings while you’re at the museum. Do you answer it? Do you let it continue to ring? We’ll help you learn the proper etiquette of using a cell phone in public.

Cell phones have made our lives easier and much more productive. We now have instant access to communicate with anyone nearly anywhere in the world. The unfortunate truth about cell phones is that many people will use their cell phone anywhere and at any time. This sometimes creates a disturbing and annoying experience and can even create a dangerous situation.

When you are using your cell phone, there are places that you should not have cell phone conversations. These places include: waiting rooms, hospitals, museums, movie theatres, libraries restaurant and places where quiet is expected. If you must use your cell phone in one of these places, try to keep your distance from others to at least 10 to 15 feet, and talk softly. If you’re not sure if you should use your cell phone, use common sense. If you have to think about it, then don’t use it.

With the wide availability of custom ringtones, people are often choosing those that are unique and loud. Even though you may like the ring tone, that doesn’t mean everyone else likes it or wants to hear it. If you’re going to be in public and you cell phone is set to ring, make sure that the volume is not to loud and the ring tone is not to annoying. Everyone doesn’t want to know that you have a call and you don’t need to disrupt everyone concentration – especially at work.

In addition to where you answer your cell phone and its ring tone, when in public keep your conversations short. When you are in public, you don’t want to talk about your personal business or say something that you don’t want repeated. You never know who could be listening to you when you’re on your cell phone in public.

Text Messaging

Some people compare text messaging to the next best thing since sliced bread. Text messaging is a great cell phone feature – it allows you to communicate discreetly and privately. However, there are a few guidelines to follow for text messaging etiquette.

Generally, if you are not bothering anyone when you are text messaging, then text until your heart is content. If, however you are in a public setting where text messaging could disturb someone, then you should wait until a more opportune time becomes available. Places such as the theatre, classroom, or even worse the car are not places to text message or talk on your cell phone. Attempting to text while driving takes your eyes off the road and can lead to a disastrous situation.

Several U.S states have banned cell phone use while driving and in some cities cell phone use has been banned in public places. If you must make a cell phone call, think twice as to where you are and if you would disturb others while doing so. A little cell phone etiquette can go a long way.

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