5 Bad Cellphone Habits to Stop Now
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
July 26 2012 12:46 PM ET
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July is cellphone courtesy month and personal electronics trade-in firm Gazelle has tips to ensure you're not annoying the people around you when using your phone.
Cellphone etiquette goes beyond simply keeping your conversations short and voice level to a minimum.
"Being mindful of your phone and of others might seem like the obvious thing to do, but the ubiquity of smartphones has caused some less-than-courteous practices to spring up," Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle's chief gadget officer, said in a statement.
Avoid sensitive topics when you're in a public place.The person next to you at the airport really doesn't want to hear about the ups-and-downs of your dating life, and revealing the details of that big business deal in the works could get you fired if it's overheard by the wrong person. Either walk to a secluded location or let your caller know you'll call back when it's possible to talk in private.
Don't be the person who whips out her phone to settle an argument by looking up a disputed fact on Google. While it's nice to finally be able to settle barstool debates in real time, avoid the urge to look everything up on your phone.
Avoid making calls at the gym, or, better yet, leave your phone in your locker. The same goes for social gathering, including the dinner tabl . Put your phone on silent and put it away for the duration of the meal.
These days, no one likes receiving voicemails.The next time you can't reach someone by phone, try the Gentleman's Maneuver: hang up before the beep and send a text instead, Scarsella said. Chances are you'll get a response more quickly.
Don't take your phone into the bathroom. A recent Gazelle survey of 1,000 iPhone users revealed that nearly 85 percent have used their phone while in the bathroom. Not only is this unsanitary and risky for your device, it's off-putting to callers to hear a telltale echo or a sudden rush of water.