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Put down your phones and become part of society

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

With the technology age taking over many young people have forgotten what is and isn’t appropriate when handling their cell phone around others. I didn’t have a cell phone until I could drive. I then decided to buy a “track phone” which you bought prepaid cards for and had a limited time for talking or texting. Now, I see many children, some even under the age of 10, that have nicer phones than I have. So I guess it’s never to early to teach the youth a thing or two about cell phone etiquette.

Cell phones are no longer used to make emergency calls; they are almost apart of us as we always have them on and with us. I know I am guilty of being too attached to my cell phone, so I looked up some guidelines that might help to keep the obsession under control for me and everyone else experiencing this.

Things we should remember:

We don’t always have to know exactly what is going on in everyone else’s lives. We may think we do now that we can link up to so many social media sites just from our phone, but it’s actually a common cause for failed relationships, and friendships. When you are with someone then you should put your cell phone away and focus on the conversation and people who are right in front of you. I know that when my phone shows that blue or red light, I have missed something. Sometimes it really bugs me and have to check out what happened. It’s usually someone on Facebook just “liking” my status, or a new text. Nothing is ever dire but I still feel the need to open up the app.

Many people make phone calls in populated areas…it happens, and sometimes you can’t avoid it, but remember that there is no need to shout into your cell phone. Not everyone around you needs to hear your private conversation. The quality of the sound for a modern day cell phone is much better than it was when they first started to appear. Somehow we never got past the “Can you hear me now?” mentality. Fewer dropped calls plus better sound quality should equal less yelling.

When listening to your music that is now available through your phone, don’t blast it. Put on headphones because everyone has their own taste of music and it’s not polite to force yours onto someone else.

Check your spelling while sending out texts and emails from your phone. Sometimes auto-correct will get the best of you and your message may be perceived in the wrong way. Lets face it; we are all guilty of this!

It’s hard not to go to your phone when you are “bored” or have a few minutes of down time. Our generations are becoming less and less social, ironically due to social media. If we could put down our phones and hold a real conversation with a friend without all the abbreviations and emoticons others might take us more seriously.

By Kristen Harris