Monday, August 15, 2011

Mobile Manners: Cell Phone Etiquette

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Netiquette Cloud

Are you a cell phone sinner? 

Please don't be that person that gets on everyone's nerves. Follow proper mobile netiquette.

You know, the woman or man on the bus or train talking way to loud about highly sensitive personal information. 

The person who's cell phone goes off in class. God forbid, it doesn't ring during a church service. 

Cell Phone Netiquette rules are the most violated netiquette rules of the entire philosophy. Please be smarter than your phone.

Use common sense and courtesy when talking, texting, or surfing the internet on your cell phone, it's good netiquette. Please be advised that owning a smartphone does not make you smart. Smartphones allow you to do stupid things.

The essence of cell phone netiquette is not to get digitally disconnected with reality. Talking on the phone, or using it for anything is a self centered activity. Therefore, you must take the utmost care not to offend the people around when you use your cell phone because you are an active participant of the society around you, whether you like it or not.

  • For example, it is proper netiquette not to use your cell phone when your within ten feet of other people. That way they cannot hear your conversation. 
  • It's good netiquette to excuse yourself from a conversation if you get an urgent call before you answer it. 
  • Turn it off at church, in the classroom, or at the movies. 

These little things go a long way in helping the society around you because it sets a standard for everyone to follow. Some people don't know any better because no showed them.

The number one rule of cell phone netiquette is not to use your cell phone when your driving. People are getting killed because we have created a society that is so self centered that we use the telephone when were driving. Please don't get digitally distracted when you drive.

We all need to be a little more conscientious of our surroundings, nicer to our neighbors and help people when we can, it's good netiquette.

David Chiles
Principles of Netiquette


  1. What you've stated in this post is somehow true. Some people tend to forget that they are not the only people living in this planet. With that being said, it is important to be mindful of our actions—even if it's just talking with somebody over the phone. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this.

    1. I agree that it is important to be thoughtful. In some cases people do feel that their conversation is more important than the people around them. I tend to believe that most conversations can wait.