Manners Monday: Cell Phone Etiquette — Who knew there were manners on the subject

Love them or hate them, cell phones are every­where.  They allow us to watch videos on the go, nav­i­gate us when we are lost, keep our sched­ules and allow us to com­mu­ni­cate with some­one with­out even speak­ing a word.

Along with this great tech­nol­ogy comes a whole new set of social faux pas.  They hap­pen in restau­rants, super­mar­kets and even at work.  And it can hap­pen to any­one.  A cou­ple of weeks ago, Diane Sawyer was wind­ing down her seg­ment with George Stephanopou­los when his cell phone rang.  Here I am speak­ing on this topic:

Here are a few things to keep in mind while using your cell phone:

  1. The per­son you are with should have your FULL attention.
  2. If you need to answer your phone step away from your group, remem­ber the con­ver­sa­tion should be between you and the per­son on the phone.
  3. Keep your con­ver­sa­tions “Kid Friendly.”  You never know who is listening.
  4. When at the mar­ket, if you need to call home and

    con­firm items on the list, keep the con­ver­sa­tion short and sweet.  No one cares how much fun you had, like some­one, don’t like some­one, your day at work, etc.

  5. While wait­ing in line at the bank, mar­ket or depart­ment store, hang up when it is your turn.
  6. No tex­ting at the din­ner table.
  7. Remem­ber par­ents you set the exam­ple.  If you do not respect your fam­i­lies time don’t be upset when your kids are tex­ting at the table or while you are try­ing talk to them.  After all, they only know what they see.

Not every­body feels they have to go with the flow.  Eva Restau­rant in LosAn­ge­les offers a 5% dis­count if you leave your cell phone at the recep­tion desk.  And Alamo Draft­house Cin­ema in Texas has this to say on the subject.

“We have zero tol­er­ance for talk­ing or cell phone use of any kind dur­ing movies, and we aren’t afraid to kick any­one rude enough to start tex­ting their friends dur­ing a show right out of the the­ater.”