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Do You Have Mobile Manners?

February 26, 2011

Everyone has a cell phone these days but very few seem to know about the mobile manners that should be followed when operating such a device. This growing epidemic of mobile misfits has caused top Fortune 500 companies like Intel and AT&T to publish internal memos about proper mobile etiquette. To see how your mobile manners rank, check out the list below to see how many offenses apply to you.

  1. You are driving when someone calls and you send a text saying, “Cant talk-driving”. FAIL-do I really need to explain this one?
  2. You use your phone to constantly check-in at every location you enter at every single point of the day detailing your meal and even uploading photos of  you eating said meal. FAIL- first degree abuse of social media outlets as well as a misdemeanour in narcissism.
  3. You are in a business meeting and your cell phone rings, blasting The Bad Touch by The Bloodhound Gang. FAIL-choose ringtones wisely, your favorite song may amuse you but it could make others think you’re inept.
  4. You talk loudly in public places, specifically rest rooms, crowded buses and movie theatres. FAIL, FAIL and bigger FAIL. A phone conversation is meant for two people to share, not for the entire metro area to know about your life. Be courteous when speaking on your cell phone, stand a few feet away from those closest to you and if you have to answer, keep it short, you can call back when you’re not disturbing those around you.
  5. You use your new smart phone to watch episodes of Battlescar Gallacticat, sans headphones. FAIL- while this may be a show I would entertain watching (don’t judge) headphones are a must. Not everyone around you wants to hear Adamacat defeating the Cydogs.

Utilizing proper mobile manners helps to maintain civil human interaction whether at home or in public. According to Intel, “74% of U.S. adults believe that poor mobile etiquette has created a new form of public rage/violence, much like road rage, with 65% of adults becoming angry around people misusing their mobile devices”. So before answering that call or searching YouTube for something entertaining think to yourself, would this annoy me if someone else around me did it? Always being courteous to those around you will ensure that your mobile manners are kept intact.

At GAI ( we would love to know what other public displays of technology you find offensive. With so many apps to choose from, you can do virtually anything, but certain things should be left to the pros. Like your taxes!! Don’t rely on your smart phone for financial decisions. Let the friendly staff at Gunwel help you get the most out of your tax season, cell phone free. So stop by or give us a call at 212-979-6830.

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