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Basic Mobile Telephone Manners (film)
Basic Mobile Telephone Manners (film)

By Dana Gornitzki

Hello, dear reader, will you please turn your ringer off? And please stop sending text messages while we’re at it - we’re trying to have a conversation.That’s better, thank you.

The film below covers a few basic tips on how to be more polite when using your mobile telephone. It’s not rocket science, it’s simple and courteous conduct.

We know and love the mobile phone, and relish the flexibility and convenience it offers. We just want to rid the world of deplorable mobile phone etiquette: people shouting into their phones, answering in our company, or using it in potentially dangerous situations (ie; driving or cycling). Yes, be gone now and forever.

And we know we’re not alone on this one. These gentlewomen and gentlemen have set up their very own site on the interweb discussing handy tips and faux pas.

Of course, we’re not amused by rude mobile phone behaviour…but going to prison? Well, this seems a pinch extreme, but it’s a tactic currently being considered in India, where a reported 277 million phone users natter away - many too piercing, it seems.

Ah yes, we dream of an end to crass and vulgar use of the mobile telephone..but softly, softly.

If you’re polite (and we hope you are), then we’re sure you know someone you can share this with - you know, that chum or colleague who is a touch too loud or addicted to their mobile phone.

And yes, yes, that’s fine, you can turn your phone back on now. Vibrate mode, please.

Are rude mobile phone users a pet peeve of yours? Or is it you, dear reader, who is a pinch boorish with your mobile phone? (Shame on you, by the way). Please share your thoughts by commenting below.

(*originally posted on April 15, 2009)

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Mien, I completely agree with you - phone etiquette is poor, and getting poorer. And now they are planning to have a signal in the London Tube?? It’s bad enough to have your head stuffed in sweaty armpits - but to have someone cackling away on their mobile?! It’s all a bit too much…

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If you don’t know already, the trend at private clubs is cell blockers. When members try to text or answer an incoming call or make a call the signal is blocked.

On a related topic, I would be interested to see something on Mien about cell phone use on a date. For instance, a man takes a woman out to dinner and during drinks at the bar waiting for a table he excuses himself and is gone for some time. Then after the dessert course he orders porte and excuses himself once again–and is gone for what seems like a long time. Finally, he’s got you alone in his house and he excuses himself to go outside to answer a call and, again, it seems like he’s gone forever. How would you advise this lady to handle this situation? P.S. She really loves the gentleman in question and it is a longtime relationship, but for many reasons it is not an exclusive relationship.

  • Didi Lorillard
  • 08 Sep, 2010
  • 4:08 pm

Dear Didi
Many thanks - these cell blockers sound like a dream come true.

Most certainly, I will make sure a piece is written about your proposed topic. You can only imagine what the opinion will be! Just to get an idea, I think any person (man or woman) with good manners will turn their phone to silent - when you’re out, you’re out. Unless it’s a true emergency, there is no reason to answer a phone call or send a text message. Talk about ruining the mood…more to follow. (and ps something needs to be said in your specific situation)

  • Dana Gornitzki
  • 09 Sep, 2010
  • 2:38 am

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