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Senior Times - July 2018 Page 31
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
There is no shortage of advice for cell phone users. Oddly, those quick to offer advice are also quick to participate in the same faux pas. That being said, if you have mastered the charging pro- cess and have committed to bringing your phone with you then there are some other cell phone courtesies that I would encourage you to practice.
Respect no-cell-phone zones. Dinner time, special visits with friends, business meetings, when in the middle of transaction or service, in the doctor’s office, waiting rooms, places of wor- ship, libraries, movie theatres, bathrooms, eleva- tors, auditoriums, museums, schools, live perfor- mances, funerals, weddings... any place that your conversation is inconveniencing those around you. Answering your cell phone during these times is just plain rude. While emergencies do happen, or your guest knows you’re expecting a phone call, almost every other incoming call can wait. That’s what voice mail is for. Don’t forget to listen later and respond but don’t put those in front of you on hold while you tend to an incoming call.
Don’t multi-task. Avoid making calls while driving, shopping, banking, waiting in line, or doing almost anything that involves interacting with other human beings. In some situations it
puts your life and the lives of others in danger, and in other situations it can bothersome people. Don’t put your phone on speaker when in public.
End phone conversations when paying for purchases. Just because you may not know the cashier doesn’t mean you can keep chatting away while they’re helping you. Unless it’s an emergen- cy, it’s just rude to stay on the phone right in their face. This includes any place where you need to interact with someone else such as the bank, hair salon, even the drive through.
Never shout when talking on the phone.
Often times we tend to raise our voice when
the person we are talking to is difficult to hear. Consider learning how to use the volume button on your phone. If the person you are talking to seems soft-spoken then turn up the volume.
If you are shouting because the connection is bad call them back later. Finally, if you are shout- ing because you are angry please take it outside.
In fact, you should actually lower your voice if you must talk on your phone in public. Keep you conversation to yourself as much as possible.
Do not text while driving. This comment is really not limited to texting but also includes any- thing we can use our phones for nowadays. For some, even talking on the phone while driving is too much of a distraction and should not be done. For those with audible cues, that might be just what you need to complete a task without having to even touch the phone.
Do not take a call or text when in the mid- dle of a face-to-face conversation. Again this is just rude and bad form. Just because your phone makes a noise does not mean that you need to respond to it. Exceptions can always be made when emergencies arise.
Sometimes a text is better than a phone call.
When privacy is an issue, such as in a waiting room, or on public transportation, a text response
might be best. Others do not need to hear about your personal business. Be short and to the point with your responses. Since the person on the other end cannot see your face they can misunderstand your words.
Learning to text. When you’re in an enclosed space, or you can’t put yourself 10 feet out of everyone’s way, it’s inappropriate to talk but it’s potentially acceptable to receive and send text messages. In such cases, keep the following rules of texting etiquette in mind:
• Use the vibrate feature instead of an audible text alert.
• Only text when you’re standing still or sitting and out of anyone’s way. Don’t text while you walk or drive.
• Don’t text while doing anything that requires you to be attentive, such as waiting at an inter- section for the pedestrian signal.
• Don’t text while at a meeting or conference. You should give the speaker your undivided atten- tion.
• Avoid sending others text messages containing anything that you would not say in real life. It is very hard to convey tones and sarcasm in texting and email, so realize that some things may come across as sounding unusual or even offensive. Never send a message with sexual overtones, or one that could be construed as a threat. Private info can be forwarded, so don’t text it.
Be in control of your phone, don’t let it control you! Cell phones are great – they keep us in touch with friends and family and can be lifesavers in an emergency. But they can also be annoying if not used thoughtfully. Your phone doesn’t have to be on all the time and you don’t always have to answer it immediately. Learn to use your phone’s features like silent ring, vibrate, and voice mail to handle the times when your phone would be both- ering others if it rang and you answered it.
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