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Cell phones, do you really want to be available all the time?


Do you really want to be available for anyone and everyone on a 24/7 basis? What do I mean? A famous person once said that the more available you make yourself, the more available everyone will expect you to be. People will actually be annoyed if you are not instantly and constantly available, rather than being pleased when you do call. People expecting you to be available all the time may be annoying. Cell phone calls follow you everywhere you are, including your bathroom. Even during nighttime when you want to rest, cell phones continue to ring and annoy you. If it is important, no problem, but if it is very menial, why do you need to be bothered so late?


Today, in this modern society we live in and with the proliferation of cell phones, we see people talking anywhere and everywhere. If used for business, this may prove to be very effective and worthy. However, being bothered in your sleep and even during your bathroom time for very menial issues may be quite annoying, if not outright disgusting. However, if you make yourself available all the time, you create your own nightmare.

Cell phone etiquette is becoming a forgotten concept. You will see people talking on the phone loudly and disturbing people nearby in restaurants and even in offices. I am sure that by now, once or twice in a meeting, you will notice that when a cell phone rings, almost everyone around will immediately look for their cell phones. If you were the one talking, and then the person in front of you talks on his phone, how would you feel? I am sure you will feel belittled and ignored. It is a rude practice and should be changed.

It may help people who use cell phones to follow a certain degree of etiquette with respect to the use of cell phones, especially in places where you may seem rude if you use or even when your cell phone rings.

When you are in a place of worship, it may be necessary to leave your cell phone at home or at least turn it off if you do not want to be bothered with it. This is because a ringing cell phone will not just disturb you while you pray, it will also disturb others. You do not need to show off your expensive gadget in a place of worship.

During meetings, please turn off your cell phone; it is rude to have your phone ringing while somebody speaks. Disruption may cause problems, especially when the meeting tackles extremely important issues. However, if you are waiting for a terribly important call, you may use the vibrate mode of your cell phone to alert you when a call is incoming and leave the meeting if you need to answer the call. You may also inform the possible caller that you are in a meeting and that you cannot be disturbed.

When traveling and if you are on-board an aircraft, you will be required to turn off your phone. This is because electronic devices may interfere with the aircraft’s avionics. Thus, it is a requirement to turn off your phone for safety reasons. However, for extremely long flights, airline companies allow cell phone usage at a certain time. If you really need to make a phone call, use this allotted time if necessary.

Cell phones have become a necessity nowadays, which is why most people use them, and cell phone manufacturers have continuously developed different uses and functions for this very small gadget. Be globally competitive, but you should understand that being rude is not part of modernity. Follow a certain degree of etiquette; this will be very helpful to you and your business.