We seriously need to discuss smartphone etiquette because it seems this is increasingly lost on people. It’s something that I feel like everyone overlooks, and it something that can be hindering and even hurting the relationships with everyone around you.
I’m not just talking about your coworkers and the person behind you in line at Starbucks; I’m talking about your boyfriend, your kids, your Mom, everyone.
Whether you’re talking, or texting, literally everyone around you is impacted by how you conduct yourself while on your phone
Tech etiquette in the modern world matters, so let’s get right down to it:
If you’re on your phone in public, don’t be the person screaming into your phone
Just don’t be that guy. Or girl. Everyone around you hates you and you should honestly hate yourself.
Nobody cares that your baby daddy is cheating on you with your best friend except maybe Maury, but he’s definitely not standing within earshot to offer you an audition.
Keep your conversation to yourself and exercise your inside voice, even if you’re walking down the street.
DO NOT USE YOUR PHONE AT THE DINNER TABLE
Yeah, I had to bold that one. Your phone shouldn’t even be on the table, and I don’t care if you’re eating at home or out at a restaurant. It’s inexcusable.
Unless you’re the CEO of a multi million dollar a year company, in which case understandably you might need your phone on 24/7 and you can politely excuse yourself if you absolutely must to answer an important call about your business. But just don’t answer the phone at the table.
And if you’re one of those people who checks their Facebook alerts at the dinner table, I can’t even begin to address how rude this is. You’re the type of person that kills a piece of my soul every time I witness your behavior.
There really is no excuse for jumping to check on Susie’s status update and you need to go put your phone on silent and in a drawer where you can’t even see it so you can interact with the people who matter for a little bit of your day, assuming they even still want to interact with you.
Headphones don’t give you a pass
Headphones don’t give you a pass to listen to music so loud that I can literally hear all the words and sing along to Ariana Grande talking about how she has one less problem.
Headphones also don’t permit you to scream while on a call with someone.
I’m not even that old, but you need to turn it down.
You’re not allowed to text on your iPhone if it’s not on silent while in public
I’m going to be the one to tell you you’re just not allowed to do this.
Oh I had one of the OG Blackberrys where you couldn’t turn it off, but this is 2018 and you have an iPhone.
That comes with the silent feature. Use it.
Side note: Apple, if you’re reading, what on earth did you even bring this annoying feature into existence?
The only situation where it’s ok to answer your phone on speakerphone…
…is if you are home alone with your dog. Privacy is a gift. Don’t you dare rob us all of that.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label Bre Avery, and is also the Chief Chick at Chipchick.com which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about keeping women informed of the latest technology trends and products to improve their lifestyle and believes in providing real, useful information and advice to her readers.