Over the years I have been a critic of poor cell phone manners and practises. Now that I have the latest iphone (for work), after not having a cell for years, I would like to make some promises about my behaviour and appropriate etiquette.
I promise to:
– NOT sit down at lunch/dinner/cocktails/ and immediately place my phone on the table, like it deserves a visible place of importance. It does not deserve it! The only important thing when I’m at lunch/dinner/drinks with friends is friends and of course, said lunch/dinner/cocktails.
– NOT to randomly check my phone during conversations with my husband, friends or family. If I need to know the time, I’ll ask someone with a watch, or state that I’ll check my phone (I very rarely wear a watch and occasionally it’s important to know the time).
– NOT answer text messages or phone calls when I’m with Real Live People. If I am expecting an Important Phone Call, I’ll let my friends know that I’m expecting said Important Phone Call, and take said Important Phone Call away from the table.
– NOT receive email alerts or alerts from any social media outlet. I don’t need to constantly know who liked my Facebook status, who commented on a photo, or who re-tweeted what.
– TO respond to messages (voice and text) in a timely manner. My friends and family will understand that I might not immediately respond to them, not because they’re not important, but because I choose not to be a) rude to the people I’m with and b) available 24/7.
– NOT to show friends/family/husband all the little cool features I’ve discovered on the phone. Just because I think something is neat-o doesn’t mean that everyone else will. If I’m asked to show or demonstrate a feature, of course I will.
– TO turn off the phone during work meetings and at times when I’m with friends/family/husband.
I think that’s it. Am I missing something? We’ll see – I hope this helps keep me in check, because my new phone is pretty damned cool.