Let’s be real, we’re addicted to our phones. They’re our life lines. We spend our morning and evenings looking through Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. But when does glueing your eyes to your phone draw the line? Here’s an example:
Chicago is one of the busiest places. The traffic congestion is a problem and the public transit systems get crowded during rush hour. I sat on a very crowded bus on the way home from work on evening when a lady and her 2 children came strolling into the bus. She promptly took an empty seat and pulled out her phone.I couldn’t catch a glimpse of what she was doing, but we could guess the culprits: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, perhaps Candy Crush. While she was swiping away at her phone, her children ran to the back of the bus and started heading towards the other exit.[/left][right] The children pushed the bus door open and left the bus, running and giggling down the street. All the while, their mother remained on her phone. Thankfully for her sake, everyone started telling her that her kids had just ran out of the bus. She gathered her things and ran out behind them.Imagine if she’d never gotten up. What would have happened to her kids – out there, in the big and crowded city?[/right]
Not only did this woman need a lesson on cell phone etiquette, but a major wake up call. She obviously misplaced her attention and her phone was partially to blame.
Here are some tips on how we can be a bit more courteous and safe when out in public with our phones:
- Put your phone away when walking down the street, waiting in line, or commuting on public transit. Not only will it prevent you from distractions, it will also deter thieves from taking it from you! Your cell phone is valuable. Having out when you don’t need to is saying “Hey look! You can grab this right out of my hand!”
- You can have you cell phone out if you’re using GPS, but just make sure you are looking up 99% of the time. If you have to look down, step to the side as to not to disturb pedestrian traffic.
- Take phone calls outside. Whether you’re in a store, a restaurant, movie theater, or a bank. Be courteous to others in your surroundings.
- When in a group, put away your phone after the selfie and uploading it. You are being rude and inconsiderate as a guest or host. Even if everyone else has their cellphone out, it doesn’t meant you should either.
- Learn to put away your phone when you’re bored and alone in public. Pay attention to your surroundings. Facebook can wait until you’re home.
- And the most important rule which isn’t etiquette but needs to be mentioned regardless: never text and drive. Hands Free Calls + Texts Please!!