Cell phones have become the communication device of choice around the globe. They allow convenient and timely communication. As much as they make our lives much better, it is good to be mindful of the downsides; when used incorrectly, the phones can wreak havoc and be downright dangerous. Therefore, proper manners while handling your cell phone are essential.
Here's a good place to start:
When you are driving, never write or read a text message. This is forbidden by law in many states. No matter how confident you might feel, taking chances can be the difference between life and death. When it comes to calls, use an earpiece for the most important callers only. Road safety cannot be compromised because it is not just your life at stake; you need to protect others as well.
Cell phones are well designed to ensure that you hear the other person without amplifying the normal tone of your voice. Use normal tone or increase the volume in your cell phone for better communication. There is no good reason why you should yell or be too loud when talking to someone. It is actually bad manners to have the world listen to your private conversations.
When talking to other people, make sure to remove your phone from your ear. And you should never cross the road when talking on the phone. Pay attention to the people and the roads accordingly. With your attention divided, you cannot communicate effectively or make sound choices on the road while walking. When with your friends, never allow a cell phone conversation to distract you. This will go a long way in boosting your relationships.
If you want to put people off, forward them unnecessary texts. Avoid this and seek to write clear messages to communicate your points. Sarcasm or bad jokes do not read well and are well worth avoiding. Also, do not use a text message to insult anyone. These basics will earn you lots of respect from your peers. Never send texts that are explicit to someone who you are not relating to. Make everything simple and clear to get the most out of your communication.
Never call anyone when it is very late unless it is an emergency; a real emergency. Anything from 10pm is late for most people. Having said this, calling very early in the morning before 9am is rarely advisable either. Limit your calls and texts to working hours or at least hours when someone is relaxed and awake. These simple etiquette tips regarding time of calling are essential.
Proper cell phone etiquette is important because it keeps you safe. It also gives you a pleasant personality. Knowing that you do the right thing is the key to living a happier productive life. In turn, you will always get what you give.
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