Consumer Watch: Cell phone etiquette


by Andy Treinen

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's amazing how quickly these right here have become such an integral part of our lives.  It's no longer uncommon for people to look away from the person they're talking to entirely in conversation to consult a call text or e-mail; don't you hate that?

“I have certain friends who I know always will use their phones while we're at lunchtime or whatever and I'm just used to it, I just expect it from them," said Jeff Logan.

"It's quite annoying when you're watching a very serious drama with a lot of emotions going off and some ridiculous ring tone like the marumba on the iPhone or something goes off, it's so annoying, it just ruins the moment," contrasted Cheri Bryan.

We can't live without them, but bad cell phone behavior could hurt your social life and your career.


Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore named July "National Cell Phone Courtesy Month" back in 2002. On her website, she says with the ubiquity of smartphones and other electronic devices, our society's "techno-etiquette" seems to be declining.

She offers some simple tips . . .
- be completely present in a meeting or other important event by keeping your phone silent.
- avoid discussing private or confidential information in public -- you never know who might be listening to your phone call.
- the people you're with should take precedence over your phone, but if you're expecting an important call, let your companions know ahead of time and excuse yourself when your phone rings.
- avoid what she calls "cell yell" and speak in your regular conversational tone.
- use headphones while watching video or listening to music in public.
And last but not least, for you people who just can't put it down. Don't text and drive! It puts your life and the lives of others at risk.

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