Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cell Phone Etiquette

Cell phones are wonderful. They keep us in contact with many people who are important in our lives and businesses. However, they can also be a nuisance. Why, just a couple of weeks ago, while we were in the middle of a communion service at church, a lady's cell phone rang. She exited her pew and climbed over someone's wheel chair and back to the row behind her where her wheel chair was waiting with her phone still ringing . She answered it out loud (yes, she did) and proceeded to explain that she was in church and that the paint was in the living room, or some such message. Then before going back to her seat, she apologized profusely to everyone there. See there was a nice lady who didn't know cell phone rules and she was very embarrassed because of that. 

There are several rules about cell phone use that make cell phone use socially acceptable.

1. Don't answer your cell phone in church or at movies. Turn off the ringer. I'm sure there may be other times and places as well; perhaps when you are proposing, for example.

2. If, for some reason, you need to answer a phone call while you are in conversation with others, ask that they call you back later.

3. Keep a distance from people when you are calling/talking. And keep your voice down.
One day I was in a local store and a 'customer' was sitting in a rocker and carrying on a LONG conversation, where she was giving lots of advice. She was so loud that when I got to the other side of the store, I could still hear her 'brow beating' the person on the other end of the phone. YIKES.

4. Don't lose yourself in a phone call conversation and forget what you are doing...It's as bad as driving least it can have the same consequences.

I'm sure there are more rules, but let's just start with these.

Our layout today is a picture of someone very dear to me, as a matter of fact, I live with him. He is my husband. Thank God there were no cell phones before we got married. If there had been, it would likely be that we would not be married now.  Do I have to tell you he loves his cell phone? When it rings, he is energized. It wouldn't matter what anyone else around him was doing, he is going to answer that phone!

You might want to enlarge the layout with a click and read what was going on that evening at Boston Market.

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