Are You Abiding by Mobile Phone Etiquette?

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Many of us consider mobile phones as life savers, but rude mobile phone users are the thorns in our sides. Private conversations, arguments, details about how a meeting went, or intimate knowledge of what’s in a stranger’s refrigerator at home are all things that all eavesdroppers can do.

What is needed to be done is that we should follow some etiquette when using a mobile phone, after all, most people who are annoying don’t realize that they’re annoying everyone around.

Some people have got so fed up with rude mobile phone users that they turned to illegal mobile phone jammers. These devices knock mobile phone users off their lines and prevent a reconnection with the mobile tower until the user wanders out of range. The rate at which jammers are selling speaks to the lack of manners among the mobile phone users.

What are Mobile Phone Manners, After all?

Mobile phone etiquette involves following some simple guidelines of common courtesy when using a mobile phone in public, designed to make public places more enjoyable for all. Its just a matter of being considerate of others, which pays off for everyone! Do not forget to abide by the following when using a mobile phone:

1. Keep a 10-feet (3 meter) distance between you and anyone else whenever you talk to someone on your mobile phone. No exceptions.

2. Don’t Talk too loudly: Generally you don’t have to shout in the microphone to be heard on the other end.

3. Don’t Multi-task: Don’t make calls while driving, shopping, in banks, waiting in line, or doing pretty much anything that involves interacting with other human beings.

4. Don’t Talk in Any Enclosed Spaces: Even if you’re more than 10 feet away from anyone. Others can still hear you talking on your mobile phone (because it’s an enclosed space) and usually, they’re forced to just sit there and listen. Especially, do not make or attend calls when you are in bathrooms, elevators, waiting rooms, auditoriums and public transports.

5. Places Where to Turn-Off Mobile Ring-tone: Don’t even let your mobile phone ring in any of the following settings;

  • Job interviews,
  • Meetings,
  • Libraries,
  • Museums,
  • Worship places,
  • School,
  • During Lectures,
  • Courtrooms,
  • During live performances,
  • Funerals,
  • Weddings,
  • in Cinema halls,
  • and at Work Place etc.

6. Don’t Use Mobile During Meals: :Don’t use your mobile phone when having a meal with someone. Ideally, you should turn it off entirely. If you’re anticipating an important call, let the person you’re with, know beforehand that you’re expecting a call that you’ll need to take. No matter what, don’t hold a conversation at the table; step away, follow Step 1, and don’t stay away any longer than you would for a bathroom break. Never, ever text at the table, even if the conversation died down.

7. No Mobile Phone When at Movies: Turn off your mobile phone at the movie theater. Even if your mobile phone is on vibrate mode, people can hear it during quiet parts of the movie. And even if they can’t, the light from your mobile phone’s screen is very distracting.

Don’t check the time, don’t check your text messages; just turn it off until the movie is over. Mobile Phones should be turned off in movie theaters, playhouses, observatories or any other public place that creates an atmosphere to transport the imagination of the audience. People pay good money to be entertained and a ringer breaks the illusion.

8. Practice Texting: When you’re in an enclosed space, or you can’t put yourself 10 feet out of everyone’s way, it’s inappropriate to talk but it’s acceptable to receive and send text messages.

In such cases, keep the following rules of texting etiquette in mind; Use the vibrate feature instead of an audible text alert. Only text when you’re standing still or sitting out of anyone’s way.

Don’t text while you walk or drive. Don’t text while doing anything that requires you to be attentive. A good example would be while waiting at an intersection for the pedestrian signal. Don’t text in a meeting or conference when you should be attentive to the guest speaker.


  • It’s a shame Saima That you copy/paste this article and didn’t mentioned any source.

    • Waqas

      Is it really copy/paste?
      If yes, then i agree it SHOULD be properly referenced…

    • observor

      Lolz, what did you expect man?

    • Mrs. Samia Adnan

      Its not an entire copy pasted work, except for a few lines – but I am not violating any copy rights.

  • Bilal Ahmad

    Mobile Phone usage in pakistan is very high and even every one has 2 and 3 mobile phones now. These tips are great for all mobile users.

  • Amigo !

    Since Childhood Most Of Our Elders Guided And Taught Us About Traffic Rules, But Still Now I Don’t See Pakistani’s Following Those Rules. Traffic Situation Is Now In Front Of Us.

    I Remember Years Ago ‘ Paktel ‘ Introduced And Now ‘ Pro Pakistani ‘ Shared With Us Mobile Phone Etiquette. Few Will Sure Do Follow Such Mobile Phone Etiquette, But I Believe People In Pakistan Don’t Care Much About Law And Etiquette.

    • Sarfraz Ahmed

      The initiative took by Paktel GSM in August 2005 but unfortunately they couldn’t continue.

      They have focused on a series of animated stories showcasing different every day life situations where mobile phones can become a bother for people.

      If a few people start practising mobile manners others will soon follow suit and our society will become so much better.

  • M.Fahad

    Never text when you are in dicussing some important issue or you are sitting with guests

  • Ayesha

    this article simply means to not use your cell phone at all…. haha

    Mention one place where you can use your mobile freely??? :)

    • Mrs. Samia Adnan

      @ Ayesha: :)

  • SK

    Ayesha, In BathroOms haha do u knOw what ? BathroOm is heaven for gals

  • Aesthetic

    lol @ above comments

    This article ant that bad we really need to take the rules seriously.

    @ Zohair: it’s good to point out mistakes but be careful you don’t criticize anyone. I request everyone to use more polite words when pointing out mistakes so that your message is properly conveyed without hurting anyone.
    on offense to anyone :) cheers!

  • talha

    very nice article ….. :)

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