OK so some of these ‘months’ ‘weeks’ and ‘days’ are getting a little too numerous and out there, but I think this is one we all should pay at least a little attention to. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month – as created by some etiquette ‘expert’. It started with cell phones: not turning them off, taking calls, and other transgressions. Now we have smart phones where we can play with apps and search the web all while with other people. In some ways I think we are going to have to learn to live with a new set of rules where it is appropriate to use our personal devices, but I also agree that we all can be more conscious of the right and wrong ways and times to use them.
A few highlights from Jacqueline Whitmore’s – creator of this event – list of ‘rules’:
- Learn to vibe. Use your wireless phone’s silent or vibration settings in public places such as business meetings, religious services, schools, restaurants, theaters or sporting events so that you don’t disrupt your surroundings.
- Avoid “cell yell.” Remember to use your regular conversational tone when speaking on your wireless phone. People tend to speak more loudly than normal and often don’t recognize how distracting they can be to others.
- Send a text message when you want to send a quick message. But remember not to text while having a conversation with another person. It’s important to give others, especially clients and customers, your full, undivided attention.
- Don’t text and drive. Don’t put your life or those of others at risk. Pull over if you absolutely must send a message or wait until you reach your destination.