Tips On Practicing Cell Phone Etiquette For National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
It can be annoying when someone speaks loudly while talking to someone else on their phones? It’s as if there is no other person around? July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. The event was founded by author and etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore in 2002. According to Whitmore, with the ubiquity of smartphones and other devices, there seems to be a decline in our techno-etiquette. The event serves as a reminder that we need to be respectful and courteous when using these devices. The use of mobile phones continues to grow. Mobile phones have become an important means of communication for many Americans. As of January 2017, there are over 300 million users of mobile phones in the United States alone. With this growth, there is also a need for cellphone users to be respectful of surroundings. In celebration of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, here are some tips on cell phone etiquette that you need to consider.
BE ALL THERE
When in a meeting, performance, courtrooms, or other busy areas, divert all your calls to voicemail to avoid interruptions. Better yet, switch off your phone.
KEEP IT PRIVATE
Be aware of your surroundings and avoid discussing private or confidential information in public. You will never know who is in hearing range.
KEEP YOUR COOL
Don’t show your anger when on a public call. Conversations that are likely to be emotional should be held where they will not embarrass or intrude on others.
LEARN TO VIBE
Always use the silent or vibrate feature of your phone in public places, business meetings, religious services, restaurants, theaters, or sporting events to avoid disrupting your surroundings.
AVOID CELL YELL
Use your regular conversational tone when speaking on your wireless phone. People have the tendency to speak louder than the normal that they often do not recognize that they are causing a distraction.
FOLLOW THE RULES
Some places, such as hospitals or airplanes, restrict or prohibit the use of mobile phones so follow posted signs and instructions. In some areas, use of mobile phones is also restricted.
If you are expecting a call that cannot be postponed, inform your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in. The people you are with should take precedence over calls you want to make or receive.
FOCUS ON DRIVING
Practice wireless responsibility while driving. Be aware and obey state laws regarding distracted driving. Don’t make or answer calls while in heavy traffic or in hazardous driving conditions. Place calls when your vehicle is stationary and use a hands-free device so you can focus on safety. Your safety is more important than the call. Always check the laws of your particular state.
PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS FOR NATIONAL CELL PHONE COURTESY MONTH
To beef up your celebration of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, you can consider giving out products with logo. Here are some sample giveaways that you can consider in commemoration of the event:
Phone Stands. Phone stands with logo comes with a non-slip pad that securely holds your mobile phone in place. It props up your phone for visibility or for hands free viewing. This way, you will surely not miss a call even if you are driving.
Earbuds. Earbuds with logo offers another hands-free way of taking calls when you just cannot postpone it.
Adding your logo on technology related products is a good way to make an impression on potential customers. You can do your share in the celebration of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month by giving out promotional products with logo to mobile phone users.