For most people, their mobile phones connect them to friends and family in ways that they have never done before. However, over-reliance on these communication marvels can do just the opposite, especially if you find yourself doing any of the mobile phone habits listed below.
- Taking Phone Calls In Inappropriate Places – Of course, as a mobile phone owner you have all the right in the world to take that phone call and talk to your mom, or your business partner. There are, however, a few unspoken rules of etiquette that you need to follow, unless you want others to think that you’re rude and have no manners. Talking to someone on your mobile phone while within earshot of another person is considered rude, not to mention careless, as you risk compromising sensitive information. Do you really want other people to hear about how badly your date went?If you really need to take a call, and there are a lot of people around you, step out for a second and look for a relatively private area before pressing the answer button. Or, you can choose not to take the call now, and just send a text message to the caller explaining why you can’t pick up just yet, and that you will call them back as soon as you are free to do so.
- Fiddling With Your Phone While In The Company Of Others – This is a personal pet peeve for millions of people around the world. Texting, playing mobile games, or doing just about anything on your phone while having dinner with the family, or while you’re on a date with someone, or while hanging out with your friends, is simply a rude, albeit often inadvertent, gesture. It’s easy to get so enthralled with your phone that you don’t notice how the people around you are beginning to think that they’re somehow boring you. That status update or tweet definitely can wait for later.It’s okay to sneak a peek at your screen every now and then, just as long as you’re not forgetting that you have company. Engage in conversation, and talk face-to-face with the people around you. If you really need to make a call, excuse yourself and politely step out of the room.
- Your Ringtone – As difficult as this may seem to believe, not everyone is a Beyonce fan, and your “Single Ladies” ringtone is actually starting to annoy half the people in the room with you. You can’t help it if someone calls you or sends you a text message in public, so the best thing to do is to put your phone on vibrate or in silent mode. This is especially true if you’re in a movie theater, a library, or a place of worship. And if you’re on a plane, by law, you actually need to turn your phone off.
- Oversharing On Social Media – Unless you’re a famous celebrity, or even if you are, what you ate for lunch yesterday isn’t really going to make headlines. Be mindful of what you post online. Aside from the obvious fact that not everyone shares your interests, there’s also the high risk of sharing personal information like your home address or social security number with other people online.
Mobile phones have now become such an important part of our lives as long as they don’t distract you from the real world. Use your phone responsibly, and remember these unspoken rules so that you don’t come off as rude to the people around you.