Mobile phones or cell phones are a godsend to society - there is no question about that. It is a boon to our private lives, but it is even more important to business. It permits very small firms to remain in touch with customers and potential customers without having to have a secretary or an office.
It is even said that owning a mobile phone is the number one best way of increasing turnover in the Third World. These phones are indispensable for health reasons in remote villages as well.
Coupled with that, mobile phones are cheaper than they have ever been and so are running costs and call charges. It is no wonder that there is a proliferation of mobile phones throughout the world. Yet there is a strong backlash against mobile phones or at least there is a backlash against some users of these phones.
Mobile phones can be regarded like guns. Guns are not a problem, the difficulty is the twit who fires one irresponsibly. So, how can we minimize the amount we annoy people when using our mobile phones in public? This is referred to as mobile phone etiquette and all users of phones in public places would be well advised to learn and adopt this etiquette.
The first thing to do is remember that they are called 'mobile phones' that refers to the fact that you can take them with you, so if you are receiving a call when you are in a public location, walk to somewhere where you will not disturb anyone. We do not want to hear you!
Keep in mind, that your phone ringing in a restaurant, classroom, bus, or even a pub is annoying to most people. There is no excuse for this except laziness. Put your phone on silent with or without vibration and / or flashing light - but no ring tone!
The only sports that come to mind where a mobile phone is not a problem are football and rugby. For all other indoor and outdoor sports, particularly golf, tennis, snooker and poker, turn the thing off all together!
Thinking of the caller, it is not really very good to use your phone whilst you are in the toilet, especially a public lavatory.
If you are in a meeting, it is a good idea to set your phone to voice mail and switch the device off. This is because, even if you do not answer the phone during the meeting, the wondering of who it may have been could distract you. This goes for school classes and college lectures as well.
If you follow these guidelines of mobile phone etiquette you will not see so many annoyed faces glowering at you and you will brighten the lives of thousands of your fellow humans.
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