Imagine. You walk into a shop, find the most amazing thing ever and just have to buy it. You go to the counter to pay and as you are being served your phone rings, it’s the call you’ve been waiting for. Do you answer?
What about when you go to a lovely, quiet cafe to sit back and soak up the relaxing atmosphere? It’s not quiet for long when someone two tables over is having a loud conversation with their phone. Not only do you soak up the atmoshpere, but you soak up everything there is to know about this person’s relationship. You can feel the frustration emanating from those surrounding you and yet no one says anything.
Mobile technology has had a massive impact on everyone it is available to and it’s hard not to see the rapid changes in the past few years with the rise in social media. So is the technology moving faster than our ability to deal with the social implications? We all know our “please and thank you”s (at least, I hope we do…), they are the basic manners we learn as children. Then there’s “elbows off the table” and “respect your elders”. But let’s throw a phone in the mix.
Do we have any widely accepted “rules” when it comes to mobile etiquette? I decided to do some investigating and found five main rules to consider when using your phone in public.
5 If you’re with people, don’t check your phone every five seconds. It’s really off putting and doesn’t make you popular at all.
4 Don’t take phone calls in confined spaces. This includes but is not limited to; buses, train carriages, toilets etc.
3 Speak softly. No one wants to know about the fight you had with your partner last night.
2 Find the off button. There’s nothing worse than being in a dark cinema and someone decides to check their phone during an intense scene.
1 Be mindful of those around you. If someone is talking to you, put your phone down.
Although this is from an American study by Intel, I found it really interesting.
So…what are your mobile manners like?
Check out the Ten Commandments for Mobile Manners