As children, we learn a lot about table manners but not as much about phone etiquette is talked about. I struggled with feeling a sense of discomfort every time I felt someone was breaking the phone rules. However, they were no phone rules and I often wondered if phone etiquette existed. Whether it is a ‘thing’ or not it is everyone’s responsibility in making sure that people around them are comfortable and at peace. Phone etiquette is needed anywhere whether it is at the mall, market, church, or any other gathering. Here are some tips to help you create a safe space for you, your phone, and the people around you.
Allowing your phone to ring audibly
Nothing is more embarrassing than forgetting to put your phone on silent or in vibration mode and it rings in church or at a funeral. Worse still when you are trying to fetch it in your handbag and you realize it somewhere deeper than you thought. The best way is to always put your phone in vibration mode because you still hear it and it does not disturb anyone. Furthermore, if your phone rings do not try to fetch it in your bag, just carry your bag and go outside, it is better to search for it there than destruct the whole congregation with it.
Choice of ringtone
If you like your phone audible choose a calm and soft ringtone without lyrics, an instrumental will do. A song can be destructive especially when it is inappropriate for the occasion; for instance, a hype song ringing at a funeral. If you want a distinct sound download an instrumental on the internet and save the songs for later.
Calling someone without Scheduling the call in advance
The reason your calls are being dogged is that some people like their calls scheduled. They would like to know beforehand what the call is about. If someone hasn’t texted you back don’t use calling as a way to get a quick answer, it could be they are swamped. If they ignored your text they will also ignore your call. Only call without asking if there is an emergency.
Do not talk loud in public
People are not interested in your conversation it is irritable. Keep phone conversations down and avoid putting the phone on the loudspeaker option. If possible, excuse yourself and talk at a more private place. Also, keep in mind that the other person can hear you; you do not need to raise your voice.
Avoid calling on a private number
Have you ever wondered why your phone calls were ignored? That is because people prefer to know who is calling them. There is a quote that says “If you call me from a private number I will respect your privacy and not answer”.
If the person you are calling does not have your number, let them know who you are, where you got their number and the reason for calling. It is annoying calling someone and asking them ‘who are you?’ because ‘where did you get my number in the first place?’. This rule should also be used in texts. Do not start your texts with just a ‘hi’ and expect the other person to reply and ask you who you are.
Ask yourself ‘is it text-able?’
Some people prefer texts, so before you call think twice. Substituting a long conversation on the phone with a simple text can save you time and money. As they say, time is money.
Do not call or text someone after 7 pm if you have no close relationship with them
Respect other people’s boundaries by respecting their time. If it is not an emergency, wait until it is the right time to text someone. Late-night texts can not only be disrespectful to some but also shows how unprofessional you are.
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