A new generation is continually arriving. The dawn of new technological devices are ever-present. Yet an etiquette denoting certain uses of these devices rude, inappropriate or downright dangerous seems largely absent. Granted, law enforcement agencies have deemed texting and talking while driving as a misdemeanor offense. Yet typical phone etiquette remains largely absent. Here is a list of a few suggestive ideals society at large ought to consider.
1. Turn your phone off at any public event where there are others also trying to enjoy the show; be that a lecture, movie, music event, or any other place where your ringer is going to ruin someone else's experience.
2. If in a darkened theatre or room, do not text or bring out you distracting glowing device to ruin everyone else's visual experience.
3. If you're waiting in a line at a grocery store, movie line, or any other line where others are waiting as well, refrain from having a conversation, as people generally don't enjoy you disturbing them with half a conversation.
4. At the gym, or other public areas, keep your music to yourself and not on speakerphone as not everyone is into the same trashy music as you are.
5. While at the gym, leave your phone in your locker or in your car, and do not converse while sitting on equipment others are waiting to use; you supposedly went to the gym to exercise your other muscles, as your jaw muscles are likely well toned.
6. If you are driving, then drive. There are too many nincompoops who have to be honked at to remind them that they are driving and should be paying attention to traffic and signals instead of their little smart device.
7. If you're with a friend, whether hanging out or driving, minimize your phone use, as even though they may be too polite to tell you, listening to you converse with someone else who isn't even there is quite annoying. Your friend may begin to wish that you were wherever the person on the other side of that conversation was instead of burdening them with your half of a conversation. Tell the other person you'll call them later.
The list could go on, but the general idea is don't burden other people with your inconsiderate phone use. There are many folks who miss the days when the phone was stuck to the wall and bank lines were much more tolerable.