Cell Phone Etiquette

shutterstock_150958016Have Dinner With Your Friends, Not Your Phone 

Believe it or not, there was a time when people weren’t married to their phones. People had answering machines and nice normal dinners where they (gasp) talked to one another. They weren’t checking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, current events, or shopping online at the dinner table. It sounds absurd, but it’s true.

I am completely guilty of being on my phone more often than I should be. Knowing this I get even more upset when I go out to dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in weeks and they are more interested in looking at their phone to see what everyone else is doing, rather than living in the moment and having a conversation with me. This makes me wonder why we went out at all. I can sit on my couch and get the same amount of attention from my television as some of my friends give. This being said, I think there should be some ground rules when it comes to being on one’s phone.

Rule #1: Don’t ignore your lunch/dinner companion by spending the entire dining experience on your phone. If you are expecting an important call you can leave the ringer on, but place your phone in your bag or upside down on the table.

Rule #2: Do NOT answer your phone at the dinner table unless it’s an emergency or urgent matter. It is downright rude and insulting to the people around you.

Rule #3: Please refrain from talking on your phone in an elevator, airplane, subway, fitting room, or crowded area. The people around you most likely don’t want to hear what you’re saying. More importantly, do you really want to air your gossip out when you never know who could be listening? If you must answer a phone call in one of these situations please make it brief and talk quietly. phone-424228_1280



Simply Nina



2 Responses to “Cell Phone Etiquette”

  1. Thanks so much for the blog post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

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