Manners & Etiquette

Cell Phone Manners – Cellular Phone Etiquette

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Cell Phone Manners For Ladies and Gentlemen

our increasing mobile lives
Our increasingly mobile lives.

Increasingly we are growing depending on our cell phones. We have a relationship with them. That is why we need cellular phone etiquette!

Cell Phone Manners In a Restaurant

Cell phones should be turned off or placed in silent mode whenever you are in a restaurant.

If it is a fine dining restaurant, the cellular phone etiquette is to switch it off completely. It is quite rude to “keep watch on your cell phone” especially when you are in the company of others.

The less formal the restaurant, the more casual you can be with your cell phone.

Ideally, you shouldn’t answer your phone in the middle of dinner. If you did, tell your caller you’ll call them back after dinner. Return phone calls after dinner.

If you are at lunch on a workday, and your client or boss is calling, excuse yourself from the table when answering it.

If you really really have to talk at the table, do so quietly. Make it short and brief.

This is in consideration that you will not be a disturbance to other people at the restaurant.

Cell Phone Manners Driving

Safety is a priority and your personal responsibility

Do not text or use your phone when you are driving if you can help it.

If you do, please use a hands-free set or use the speakerphone function.

If someone calls you, the same cellular phone etiquette applies except if there is someone in your car and you are using the speakerphone, let the caller know the first thing. Tell them that you will call them back.

Cell Phone Manners In Company

A date could also mean lunch with your mother, or coffee with the ladies. Of course, this includes romantic dating.

Cellular phone etiquette is to not be obsessed with your phone. Whenever your phone beckons, answer it quickly, make it brief. If you get a text message, quickly glance at it, and if it is not urgent, reply later.

Do not fall into an SMS conversation with someone else when you are in company. That is rude.

At a party or gathering, do not take your cell phone out and tinker with it, send text messages just because you are bored. If no one is talking to you, make an effort to talk to someone.

Cell Phone Manners On The Table?

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It is more acceptable to place your cell phone on the table, though traditionally cellular phone etiquette is not to do so.

Therefore, do so only if you are expecting a call or message.

Otherwise, leave them unseen, in your bag or coat.

It is more acceptable to leave them on the table during lunch and on a workday than in the evenings or the weekends.

Cell Phone Manners In Public Places

Meetings, the Movies, Conferences and Church

We should all be familiar with the cellular phone etiquette now, despite the hundreds of signs and notices we see.

  1. Turn it off.
  2. Or Keep it silent.
  3. And silent without noisy vibrating alert sounds.
  4. If you have to take a call, take it outside. Do this if only it is extremely urgent.
  5. If you have to send an sms, do it quickly.

Cell Phone Manners With Other People’s Phone

Cell Phone Manners With A Ringing Phone That is Not Yours

How to employ the cellular phone etiquette when it is not your phone.

The phone rings. Your date has gone to the washroom. Should you answer it?

The answer is NO.

Do not even pick it up to see who is calling.

When he returns. Let him know that he has a missed call.

The only time you should pick it up TO silence or stop the ringing if he has not switched to silent mode in the restaurant.

Only answer the phone that is not yours if you have been instructed to do so.

Answer in a manner that identifies yourself since the caller is not expecting you.

For example,
“Kelly’s phone, this is Cherise speaking.”

The Proper Cellular Phone Etiquette:

Never touch other people’s phones unless given the go ahead.

Never ask if you can read their text messages or look at their photos or videos.

Do not try to snoop and read them anyway.

When your friend passes you their phone to make a call or look at something, do so and give it back right away. Do not pry!

Cellular Phone Etiquette

Cell Phone Manners Of An Elegant Woman

Her phone is always kept clean and pristine, free of make up.

She keeps at a safe and organized place in her bag so when she needs it, she does not go digging for it.

She does not have a whole gob of trinkets dangling from it.

She only attaches a mobile phone accessory if it helps her to identify it from her bag or for easier handling.

If she uses it for decorative purposes, she keeps it tasteful and clean.

She organizes her phone numbers and keeps the internal storage of her phone impeccable. She does not load it up with games and non-practical applications.

Cellular Phone Etiquette

Cell Phone Manners When Taking Pictures

Be aware what are random photo picture taking and what is an intrusion of privacy.

Turn off the camera’s click sound if you can help it. It is distracting to passer-bys.

Refrain from distributing embarrassing photos taken of your friend.

If unsure, ask if you can take a picture first.

Cellular Phone Etiquette

Cell Phone Manners In Terms of Speaking

Most people forget what the purpose of a cell phone is.

Do not have lengthy chats on the phone simply because you are bored.

At lectures, conferences etc, do not ignore the speaker and simply look at your phone. If you are taking notes using your phone, make efforts to glance up.

Keep your voice low, soft but loud enough for your caller to hear you. Do not speak loudly when on the phone. If your caller can’t hear you, move to a quieter place or send a text message.

Keep your calls brief.

lady using her phone in a private area

If you are one of those types that use your cell phone for everything, take your chats to a private place, your car (if that is the only block of time you can talk), your home, a corner in the park where there are less people around, in the stairways, if you are alone in the coffee shop etc.

Cellular Phone Etiquette

Cell Phone Manners When You Want Another Person’s Number

If you’ve met someone through a friend and want his number. Do not ask in this way, “Do you mind if I have Henry’s number?”

Rather, it is more polite to ask, “Do you mind asking Henry if I could have his number?”

You could suggest, “Do you mind if you ask Henry to give me a call?”

If someone asks for a number of your friend and you are not right there on the spot, say you’ll pass it to her later. That delay of time is for you to check if it is okay.

If you are placed on the spot, simply say, ‘I’m not sure which number is the most convenient to call, I’ll check with him which one is the best.’

Or find a gracious excuse to check with your friend first. If all fails, simply say, I’ll check with him if that is alright.

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