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Cell Phone Etiquette 101

Cell Phone Etiquette 101

Welcome back to the Ridge 45 Apartments Blog! We hope everyone is enjoying the summer here in Traverse City — it’s hard to believe it’s July already! July is, of course, home to Independence Day, National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, and National Picnic Month. It is also National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and that is the topic of today’s blog.


Cell phones are an integral part of the landscape these days, and are necessary convenient tools. However, it’s easy for them to take over our lives. These tips can help you keep cell phone use under control.


Cell Phone Tips


Use cell phones to communicate, but don’t let them rob you of the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations and interactions with others. In fact, it may be a good practice to put your cell phone away at mealtime, during family time, and when you’re engaged in a social activity — and invite others to do the same.


Use the ten-foot rule, if you must take a call in public (or a shared space in our apartment community), move at least ten feet away from others to speak. This helps prevent the awkwardness of overhearing conversations that are better kept private. Along those lines, if you need to make or take a call and you’re at a church, library, concert hall, the theater, or a restaurant — step out to use your phone.


If you must keep your phone on, turn it to the silent or vibrate mode, excuse yourself to take a call, and be as brief as possible. This is especially important in business meetings, when you are out on a date, or having a family dinner. Focus instead on the in-person conversation.  


A word about content. Our smart devices enable us to share photos, thoughts, and messages instantly — but be wary and smart about what you share, because once it’s in cyberspace it becomes fair game. For example, do you want pictures of yourself at the last party you attended to be floating around the internet, and perhaps show up in a background check? Be aware and avoid embarrassing moments by not posting sensitive, vulgar, or questionable content.


Don’t text and drive — and be aware of the state and local laws in Traverse City, MI when it comes to talking and driving —besides, It’s better to arrive safely; the text message can wait.  


We hope these tips have been helpful. Do you have other ideas that help you manage your cell phone time? Please share in the comments and thanks for reading today’s blog post.