You canâ€™t go anywhere now without dealing with someone on a cell phone. People even use this little communication device to chat while in the bathroom. Are you becoming a ruder person thanks to your cell phone? Here are five items to test yourself against.
1. Taking calls while going potty
There really are people who will answer their cell phone while sitting on the porcelain throne. Not only do these people sound like they are in a cell phone echo chamber, it freaks anyone in the bathroom out as well.
There are times that are just not appropriate to take a cell phone call. Take the call out in a hall. Excuse yourself from a meeting if there is a call you have to take. Donâ€™t distract everyone around you while you tell granny where the toilet paper is.
2. Texting, Texting, and more Texting
Have you ever been in a deep conversation with someone only to have them stop mid conversation to send a text out on their cell phone? The influx of cheap Texting plans has made this the primary way of communication for people all around the globe.
Texting does have its place. Sending a text on your cell phone can often be less distracting, or rude, than having to take a phone call. Texting can be quick and easy to send updates. The rudeness comes in when you drop everything to send out a simple text message.
3. Constantly updating your social status
You know these people. They have to check into Foursquare or update their Facebook profile. Is it that important to let the whole world know your standing in line getting your coffee on?
What makes this rude is when youâ€™re talking with friends or family and pull out the cell phone in mid sentence to update. This is just bad form and can bring a conversation to a halt. If you are one of these frantic social media cell phone updaters, hold off until a lull hits.
4. Setting up fake calls to get yourself outta meetings
Yup, there is an app to setup fake calls. Do you want to get out of a meeting? Download an app that will fake your cell phone into ringing. Then you just have to pretend to take a call and talk to an imaginary person.
While this sounds cool, remember the people next to you can often hear and see your cell phone. When youâ€™re talking to nothing, someone will notice.
5. Accessories are just as rude as the phone
Bluetooth headsets have their place. They free your hands for kneading bread dough while you get grandmas pie recipe. There is a good time and place for having that little blue flashing light in your ear.
What makes you rude is when you keep that Bluetooth device in your ear and on during meetings, at the movies, and in bed. Nobody wants to see your blue beacon going off when they want to be watching a movie. Take that headset out and let others enjoy a good meal without feeling as if the cops are sitting next to them.
There are times you should just leave the cell phone at home. Take up the lost are of talking over a can on string if you have to. What ever you do, please take the Bluetooth thing out of your ear; it is distracting to everyone around you!