Cell Phone Etiquette
Ten years ago, only a handful of people owned cellular phones, and they were bulky, at best. In the ten years since, people have had to grow accustomed to conversations, meetings, and the general flow of life being interrupted by these now pocket-sized devices. While cellular etiquette is still largely undefined, there appear to be some emerging trends.
- Switch the cellphone to silent or vibrate when in a meeting, classroom, or other setting with a large number of people.
- Try to avoid taking a phone call while in the middle of a live conversation. If you have to take the call, apologize and make sure you let the person on the phone know that you’re with someone.
- If you’re already in the middle of a phone conversation and about to meet someone, end the call ASAP. This applies even if you’re a head of state.