Smartphone Etiquette

Many of us are obsessed with smartphones. However, not everyone knows how to respect others when using cell phones. I shared some news videos before about schools teaching teenagers how to properly use cell phones and people trying to live without smartphones. Now, let’s see what business professionals talk about smartphone etiquette. Here are some of their advices:
  • Do NOT text or read e-mails while you are in a conversation --- unless you want the other persons to know that they are not important to you.
  • Use spell check --- everything you send speaks for who you are as a person, even in text messages. 
  • Turn your phone on silence instead of vibrate --- people can still hear vibrates in a meeting. 
  • Do NOT look down and check your phones in a meeting or a conversation --- people can tell if you are paying attention to them; “it is also really rude and gives a terrible impression.” 
  • Do NOT leave long messages --- people prefer you to leave a brief messages with the reason of why you are calling; they will call you back and discuss with you in detail later (unless you do not leave them your number).
  • Do NOT leave someone on hold for an extended period of time --- people would rather you call them back later when you have a chance.  
  • Do NOT use ringback tone --- your mom and dad, and probably your friends as well, may find it cool, but it is very unprofessional.  
  • Do NOT talk in front of others --- you may excuse yourself. In some cases, you may pick up the phone and tell him/her that you are in the middle of something and will get back to him/her later.
  • Do NOT interrupt a face-to-face conversation --- no matter if you are texting, reading e-mails, checking updates, or just playing with your smartphones, people often find it rude and inappropriate.
Which behavior do you find the least tolerant? What other smartphone etiquettes do you recommend for us?

References:
American Express OPEN Forum: Top 9 Smartphone Etiquette Blunders 
Picture was downloaded from Blisstree.com.

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