It is not unusual for us to get a little wrapped up in ourselves and breach the basic rules of cell phone etiquette. This can be very difficult when we aren’t even sure of the rules when it comes to cell phone etiquette.
Undoubtedly, talking on your cell phone in public places that a quiet environment is vital is deemed very rude. Libraries, court rooms, and high-end restaurants are the most obvious, and yet people still believe that they are excused from this very basic example of cell phone etiquette.
Even more upsetting is the basic attention that a cell phone can require. Regardless of where we are or what we are doing, we can be contacted, and we can be distracted. Whether we are having quiet time with family or a meeting with a prospective client, cell phones can swiftly drag away our attention. There is little that matches the blatant faux pas as the cell phone that makes the distraction and the answerer who puts the person/people they are with on hold.
Perhaps this is the basic cell phone etiquette misconception. Cell phones have the ability to intrude on the value of other people, whether we are in a restaurant talking loudly to a nameless voice on the other end of the phone, or letting our boss to disturb a tender moment with our significant other. The second our cell phones intrude on the respect of other people, we are certain to be violating basic cell phone etiquette.
Cell phones truly have their place in our society. However, with the exclusion of checking the caller ID to be sure that it is not a child trying to reach a parent to retrieve them, cell phones need to come with more off switches. Perhaps it would be more rightly to ask folks to use their off switch.