We are rarely very far from our smartphones these days, they are as much a part a necessity everywhere we go as the clothes that we wear! As a result some very bad habits have developed. Some are thoughtless, others
downright rude, several are bad for business or relationships and the most
serious can be life threatening. In short, the majority of us are not so smart
when it comes to mobile phone use. See which categories you fit into:
In the car
If you are the driver it is illegal in many countries to use
a mobile phone whilst the car is moving. Checking social media – your emails or
texts, as well as texting or talking on the phone unless you have hands-free
technology endangers not only your life but the lives of others. It’s irresponsible
but so many drivers flout the law.
In staff meetings with colleagues
A recent Intel survey of HR managers said that mobile phones
ringing during a meeting were top of the ‘mobile irritation’ league table! Very
close was the annoyance caused by having the phone on vibrate – good mobile
etiquette recommends silent or off completely.
At sales pitches
Many people will put their mobiles on the table during sales
pitches – this is not a great idea! This sends out the wrong signal about how
serious you are about being there and first impressions count. Good mobile
etiquette is for the phone to be out of sight and on silent and it’s also better
On public transport
Loud and lengthy phone calls on the bus or train are known
to be a massive irritant to fellow passengers. Is it really necessary to raise
your voice so that everyone can hear about the importance of the deal that is
just going through, or what you fancy for dinner that night? Good mobile
etiquette would be a quiet brief conversation saying you will ring back when
you are somewhere more private.
In restaurants with your partner
How many people have been out for the evening and looked
around at tables with couples barely communicating as they gaze at their shiny smartphones
and text their friends or catch up on Facebook. If you want to spend quality
social time with someone perhaps it would be a better idea to leave that phone
at home or in a pocket?
One recent American survey has recorded that we check our phones 80 (yes eighty!) times a day even on holiday! Give yourself, and your travelling companions, friends, family etc a break and leave your phone in the suitcase for use only in emergencies! You don't need it on the beach, by the pool or sightseeing........do you?!
I am probably only scratching at the surface of irritating
mobile phone habits here – what are the ones that annoy you – let’s get them
all out there!!
Mayfair we care.