Most of my blog posts end up being pretty darn geeky. That’s because, truth be told, I’m a huge geek. But instead of spouting stats and complex acronyms of the latest and greatest phones today, I’d like to take a minute to discuss the ins and outs of mobile etiquette.
The age bracket of people who use and rely on mobile phones is only growing wider, and its no longer uncommon to see senior citizens in electric wheelchairs texting each other and staying in touch with their kids and grand kids.
As mobile phones become a mainstay of communicating with each other in a myriad of ways, its essential that we maintain our civility and stay polite at all times.
Whenever I’m at a dinner, meeting, or similar event, as long as its not a formal date, I have my phone out of my pocket, on vibrate, and face down on the table next to me. When the table vibrates, I can tip it on its side to see what the alert is informing me of, and 9 times out of ten, ignore it and continue my conversation. In fact, if you have an iPhone, tapping the top power/wake switch once will mute a call, while pressing it twice in quick succession will send it right to voicemail. Many Android phones can simply be turned on their screens to mute them as well!
All this said, if you are having a date or a close dinner with friends, if you aren’t potentially waiting for a call from a frantic babysitter or similar, turn your phone off! Its not blasphemy to say this, its not sacrilege to do it, and you will be amazed at how even a few hours without a phone will do two things.. first of all, for all you text and Facebook addicts, it will be the longest 2 hours of your life.. for those who are enslaved to their Blackberries, you will be overcome with an immense feeling of peace and tranquility.
So go ahead.. Turn your phone off, sit back… and relax…