- Stop checking your phone every few minutes while you are in a one-on-one meeting or social situation. Be present and make that personal connection.
- Don’t take (or make) phone calls while you are in a retail space. Moreover, respect areas that restrict mobile device use, such as the movies or the hospital.
- Private conversations should be private, and there’s nothing wrong with letting calls go to voicemail.
- Lower your ringer or put your phone on vibrate while at the office, the doctor, the theater, etc.
- Don’t disturb or distract others just to get a selfie. Enjoy what’s around you without having to document it.
- Put down the phone and drive.
Cell Phone Courtesy Extends to Behind-the-Wheel Behavior
Taking selfies. Streaming a movie. Answering email. Reading a map. Sending a text. Playing Pokémon GO. Everywhere you look, people are using their cell phones to engage in activities like these. Some even use their mobile devices for … phone calls! Starting in 1984 when the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X first hit the shelves and growing exponentially since then, our lives have become inexorably intertwined with cellular phones. With these gadgets now an essential part of many daily routines, guidelines for how to use them considerately have sprung up. There’s no better time for a refresher than July, which has been designated as Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Consider practicing the following principles every month of the year: