Nowadays, many people use cell phones in public. In fact, new data from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Home Life Project reports that 91 percent of the adult population owns a mobile phone, 61 percent of those being smartphones. Looking at these statistics, it’s only logical to assume that now, more than ever before, people are using their phones in public places, whether to call someone, text, peruse the Internet, take pictures, or use social media. With that in mind, it’s always a good idea to brush up on cell phone etiquette, especially if you intend to use your phone in public.
Here are some tips to remember when using a cell phone in public:
• When talking on the phone, users should always keep a 10-foot distance between themselves and the people around them.
• They should remember to keep their voices at a reasonable level, so as not to disturb anyone around them.
• Users should avoid chatting about personal topics while talking on the phone in public, as this could be seen as an invasion of privacy of the person they are talking to.
• When engaged in a face-to-face conversation with someone else, one should never use a phone to answer a call or text a friend, unless it is an emergency.
• Always put the phone’s ringer on silent in theaters, restaurants, doctors’ offices, hospitals, auditoriums, libraries, museums, and other formal places. Better yet, turn the phone off completely.
• Don’t talk on the phone or text while driving. If absolutely necessary, one should pull into a parking lot to use the phone.
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