The Etiquette of Cell Phones

From Wikipedia … Etiquette (pronounced [,eti’ket]) is a code of behaviour that delineates expectations for social behaviour according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.

What are society’s norms regarding cell phone use?

I still hear people complaining about some bus passenger talking on their cell phone. At the same time, people where I work regularly leave meetings briefly to take quick calls. Others sit there with their phone under the edge of the table so they can read or respond to a text message.

Personally, I think that those types of actions are just plain rude.

You probably realize that I am a grandpa. I mean, after all, it is in the title of this blog. That means I am a bit older. Let’s be specific. I will be 60 in 2011. Can anyone say old fashioned? Can anyone say old fashioned is sometimes the better way? I think you should turn your phone off in meetings. The world will just have to accept that for 30 or 60 minutes you are out-of-reach. Leave a message. If it truly is an emergency, they can call your office phone and press the ‘0’ to get to reception or similar, who can then track you down.

That’s the talk. What’s my walk?

I turn my cell phone off for the entire time I am at work. My family knows my work number for emergencies. Chitter-chatter can wait until I am at home.

p.s. The item that brought this topic to mind this morning was this article in the Globe and Mail about allowing cell phone use in schools here in Toronto.

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