Someone’s calling you again

Did you know that July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month?  Really, honest, I mean it. It’s also National Anti-Boredom Month, National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month. I tell you, there’s a month for everything. But, I digress. Back to National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. It was founded in 2002 with the intent of making cell phone users more respectful of their surroundings. Great concept; but one that requires a change in behavior. That makes it harder to put things in play.

We’ve all experienced poor cell phone etiquette; most of us have probably even practiced it on occasion. Let’s face it. Cell phone have become a very important part of our lives. They keep us connected 24/7 – we can talk with one another, search for information, get directions, text, take photos and videos, schedule appointments, and so on and so on and so on. Our phones are a constant companion.  It’s one thing to stay connected, it’s another thing to be rude about it.

I’m sure you can think of at least a few times when a person’s use of their cell phone has been disruptive and annoying. Studies show that the habits that generate the most concern are texting while driving, loud public conversations, and talking on the phone in restaurants, movie theaters, churches, etc.

Here are a few points of etiquette to consider. Keep conversations private; not everyone needs to know the details of your last doctor’s appointment. Don’t “cell yell.” Keep your voice at a reasonable level; not everyone within a three-mile radius needs to hear your conversation. At work, be completely present at meetings and make sure the ringer is on silent or vibrate. Make the people you are with more important than the phone. Don’t text and drive – it puts you and others on the road at risk.

Remember…too much of a good thing? Just saying.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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