Etiquette Tips: How to Handle Your Public Cell Phone Conversation

by S. Bradshaw - Date: 2010-03-05 - Word Count: 549 Share This!

Nearly four out of five people own a cell phone in the United States. The delight behind owning a cell phone is that a person can carry on a conversation from place to place anytime they want. Bear in mind that if everybody who owned a cell phone carried a conversation anytime, anywhere they were...the world would be very loud and confusing with tons of noise and disruption. Here are some proper etiquette techniques you should apply when you're using your used cell phone in public.

How To Handle Phone Calls In A Doctor's Waiting Room

You're sitting in a doctor's waiting room, waiting to be called back. Suddenly, your phone rings. You decide to answer it and it's someone who wants to know what you been up to, how you been and what you're doing at that moment. You decide to carry on the conversation and end up getting in a long conversation in which you tell the caller about your personal problems. The conversation turns into a talk about the problems in your marriage, the reason for your current medical visit, and details you heard about another friend. You look up from your cell phone conversation and notice that every person in the waiting room is watching you. You blush and consider that maybe this isn't the best place to carry this kind of conversation. If you want this kind of conversation, the best thing you could do is text back and forth so no one else hears about your personal business.

How To Handle A Phone Call During A Baseball Game

You decide to go to a baseball game and, of course, bring along your used cell phone. As you're watching the game, you choose to call some friends at home to tell them what's going on. As you carry on the conversation, an argument ensues regarding something about the house you all live in; the game is all but forgotten and you get louder. Somebody in the stands yells for you to shut off that blackberry so they can concentrate on the game rather than on you. Needless to say... public places like this are not an ideal place to hold a personal conversation. If you must take an important phone call, get up, leave the stands and hold the conversation elsewhere. It's either that or text your conversation.

Public Phone Etiquette: Helpful Suggestions To Use A Cell Phone Properly

When you find yourself in a public place and you must take the call, consider moving about 15 feet away from other people so that you do not disrupt them with your conversation. If you're unable to do this, consider asking the caller if you can text them or if you can call them back at another time. If you're in a noisy environment with other people on cell phones, don't answer your ringing cell phone. Chances are they caller will be unable to hear you well. Cell phones are great because they enable people to be in touch all the time...however they do not require people to be in touch all the time. This article shows how there are countless examples of times when it really is okay to not answer the phone despite the fact that you have the phone in your pocket or purse and are able to.

Scott Bradshaw writes articles that focus on cell phones, cellular apps, and mobile services. He encourages people to save money with used cell phones and avoid signing contract extensions by purchasing refurbished cell phones.n
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