In the last ten years, the world of communication has progressed forward more quickly than anyone could have expected. Before the invention of pagers and consequently cellphones, people had to wait to engage in intimate conversation with their loved ones and associates. Now, everything including internet access, text messages, picture mail, and the occasional sexting is at your fingertips. However, there are a few things that everyone should know before and practice regularly after getting a cellphone.
1. No one wants to hear your conversation, except the person on the phone with you. So, speak softly into your phone.
- Yelling about the rash that your Uncle Jake has on his thighs from hunting bullfrogs at the lake down the street has no purpose. Cellphones are more sensitive to sound than regular phones, so the person on the phone can hear you if you are talking almost at a whisper.
- You would be surprised how much information a person can surmise from a random conversation. People often give directions to their homes, the actual address, and names of the people that live there unknowingly. Be careful of what you say, and how loudly you say it.
2. Keep your cellphone ringer down low or on vibrate. Nothing is more startling or annoying than your “Whoop There It Is!” ring tone playing over and over again in the library. Be respectful of other people’s experience and refrain from bombarding them with your idea of good music in a public place.
Which brings me to my next point…
3. If you over the age of 25, you should not have a ring tone or music of any kind as a ringer. Grown ups do not have to put separate, special songs on their phone that describe each one of their friends’ unique personalities so that the entire world can hear how much they care about music and their friends. Adults listen to a generic ringer, look at their caller ID, and answer or ignore the call accordingly. If you are under 25, then choose music and other ring tones that are appropriate for the general public. Children and the elderly do not need to hear the complete gamut of abrasive four letter words on your obnoxious ringer every time one of your buddies calls. Exercise a little decorum and choose a better song.
4. Do not take calls in places where people can not readily leave your vicinity. These places include, but are not limited to elevators, small rooms, and inside a moving car. Yes, it is an important call to you, and you may have purchased tickets to the big game, giving you every right to be wherever it is that you are. But, the people around you have the same right to that area, and the ticket that they purchased did not mention anything in the fine print about you trying to insure that they can not hear the actual proceedings because of your personal call.
5. The person that you are with takes precedence over your phone call. Do not ignore your date, family members, or friends to talk to someone that is not with you. That type of behavior is insulting and disrespectful to your loved ones. People that took time to be with you should be your priority.
6. Do not use your phone in public places, like the movies, church services, funerals, and other social gatherings. There is a certain type of behavior that is expected when you attend specific activities. Church services and funerals can be solemn, yet intense places. There are extreme emotions that touch men and women in these spaces. People want to give their attention to their activities in places like these, and should be allowed to do so without interruption.
7. Do not drive and text. Death by texting is the fastest growing cause of fatality in the United States. Studies show that people’s reaction times behind the wheel are actually fractions of a second slower than driving under the influence of alcohol. When an action exceeds the danger of drunk driving, it needs to be changed quickly. The amount of attention that is necessary to drive an automobile is significantly hindered when attempting to send text messages to other people. So, the deaths caused by it could continue to rise exponentially.