If you are the type of person who is content with a bargain on your TV, phone and broadband package and do not feel the need to have the latest in mobile phone technology, you are one of the rare few. The manner in which mobile phones are being used has changed dramatically over the last few years. It has become too easy to be rude when using a mobile. Some of the rude habits linked to mobiles include those annoying, loud ringtones. People more often than not speak too loudly when using their mobiles in public. This is due to them trying to have a conversation with an absent person in a noisy environment.
There are still rules that should be followed when using your mobile phone:
• Avoid talking about personal issues when others can hear you
• Do not take calls when you are already engaged in a conversation with someone sitting or standing in front of you
• Avoid sending texts when you are engaged in face to face conversations with others
• Lower your voice when you use your phone in public
• Put your phone on silent when you are in a restaurant or theatre
• If you desperately need to answer a call, ask for permission to do so from the people who are accompanying you
• Do not light up the screen on your phone when you are in a dark theatre
• Do not use your mobile when you are driving
Apart from these old rules that still apply, there are new rules that have to be observed.
Be Aware of the Delay
Mobile users have become more awkward when using their phones to speak to another person. They are able to text with speed and accuracy, but when it comes to talking they ignore all the rules. They start speaking at the same time, then stop at the same time to allow the other person to speak.
There is latency with all phone calls, whether you are calling another mobile number or a landline. This delay has become worse as the years have passed because of the vast number of calls between mobile phones. Making use of applications, such as Google Voice has increased the level of latency. This delay is the cause of the irritation between two speakers on a call where they are experiencing latency. This often makes others think that you are rude because it appears you are not allowing others to speak.
If you are experiencing latency, you should apologise and confirm that this is indeed the issue. This will alert the other person to the problem and stop them from thinking that you simply have no manners. If both parties are aware of this problem, one will not feel that the other is rude.
Do Not Blame Others for Dropped Calls
More and more communication is carried out via mobile phones and this causes dropped calls because of the volume. You should expect to experience at least a couple of dropped calls if you use your mobile on a regular basis.
Try not to blame the other person’s network for the dropped call. No-one likes to be blamed for something they have no control over and this could cause hurt feelings if not handled correctly. All you have to do is take the blame yourself for the dropped call.
Avoid Google Voice with Certain Contacts
Google Voice is a free service that provides you with call flexibility. It screens all your calls and the caller is asked to say who they are. This information is passed on to you before you answer the call which gives you the opportunity to either answer , reject or send the call to voice mail.
This is a time consuming step when calling someone who uses Google Voice. You should not put your family and close friends through this every time they call you. To avoid this, you should provide your family and close friends with the number you received from your network and provide everyone else with the Google Voice number. If you do not require a filtering service, you should switch off call screening.
No Web Searching
When Smartphones were first introduced and everyone with one was able to access the internet, it was fun to look up answers to every question that came up during a conversation. It is no longer interesting to do so. People always think that they would be able to integrate the information they have located into the conversation, but the searches often take a while and the other people in your group may think that you are not interested in the conversation at all.
If you really need to find the information being discussed, you should do so in your own time. Alternatively, ask if others mind if you look up the information you require.
People choose what they want others to see about them on social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook. Many people only befriend people who are actual close friends, whereas others may befriend everyone they come into contact with, from grandparents to complete strangers. If you take a photo on your mobile and you ‘tag’ someone who appears in that photograph, you are showing all his Facebook friends and you don’t know who has been included in that list of friends. Photos with that person in a compromising position could cost them their career.
If you wish to tag someone in a photo, you should obtain permission to do so.
Bad Profile Picture
Facebook has a feature that allows you to sync contact information and profile pictures with mobile phone address books. Some of the high-end mobiles show your picture when you call someone else. This means that the Facebook profile picture may be displayed on the screen of the person you are calling. Having an inappropriate or distasteful picture could embarrass the recipient of your call if others happen to see it.
Some of these new mobile phone etiquette rules will make life with mobile phone users a bit more bearable. It has become a major part of our lives and we should adhere to these new rules simply in consideration of others feelings.