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Courteous Technology Use For 2016

In this day and age, more people than not have smartphones and tablets.  With the majority of the people holding these small computers in their pockets, there is also some new etiquette that goes with this that didn’t exist 10 years ago.

Really be Social

It has become the norm to stare at your phone while out with friends or family.  Yes, you may be talking or texting someone on your smartphone, but don’t forget that you need to give attention to the people in front of you as well.  It is okay to check your phone once or twice during a meal, but don’t be on it for more than a minute at a time; it is very disrespectful.

No Speakerphone in Public

Many people think it is okay to have a phone call on speaker in public, but its not. People get very annoyed with hearing a loud conversation, especially in close quarters.  We recommend getting a headset.  

Silence Your Phone/Sound Effects

This one seems obvious, but if you are in a movie, meeting or even a quiet place and hear someone’s phone ding or buzz, it can easily break your concentration.  It has become very offensive for a phone to go off during an important event, especially when there is a plea for silenced cell phones from the start.

Texting and Walking

There are multiple laws preventing texting and driving; however, in New Jersey, a proposed law can make just texting and walking illegal.  Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise in the last few years, and texting and walking may be to blame.  Remember, stay aware of your surroundings and if you do need to text, stop before you start typing.  

No iPad Cameras

Your iPad or tablet does some cool things, even takes pictures.  They are great for family photos or selfies with friends, but you shouldn’t be using that as your camera at concerts or sporting events.  The guy behind you probably doesn’t want to watch his favorite band through the screen of your iPad.  Use your phone and sync the two up later.  

10 Feet to Talk 

A good rule of thumb is to stand 10 feet away from anyone while talking on the phone, or go outside.  No one wants to hear your conversation, especially if it distracting.  

Avoid Sending Important Information Via Text

Texting is a great way to communicate. However, your significant other may not be thrilled to find out about a big promotion over text.  This would require a phone call or letting them know at a later time.  Also, don’t say anything that you wouldn’t say to a person’s face, it is hard to convey sarcasm or emotion over text.  

Technology etiquette is a part of knowing how to operate your phone.  If you need help operating (or fixing) your electricity, call Mr. Electric.