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Cell Phone Etiquette
Minding Your Cell Phone Manners?
Cell phone etiquette is in a nose dive, according to most surveys. But who is at fault is not so clear. Add ringtones, music phones, mobile TV, radio programming, audiobooks and other "bells and whistles" associated with multimedia phones and you have the makings of a rather complex situation ahead for mobile phone etiquette. [MORE...]
With more than 200 million cell phones in the U.S., inconsiderate cell phone habits are turning into an epidemic. A lack of basic mobile phone etiquette at the office, the dinner table, and in the car is frustrating Americans more than ever, according to research by online retailer LetsTalk.com. More | Mobile Phone Etiquette Guide
Through its periodic cell phone etiquette quiz, wireless carrier Sprint offers an opportunity for you to know how well you mind your mobile manners, and provides you with cell phone courtesy tips. Phone Etiquette Quiz | Phone Courtesy Tips
"There are some real abuses of wireless technology being perpetrated all around us, and the time has come to create some social order out of the cell phone chaos," Dan Briody wrote in his Wireless World column in InfoWorld.
"This is by no means an exhaustive list simply because as the technology evolves, new annoying traits will surely emerge. But commandments usually come in tens, so think of this as the first Ten Commandments of cell phone etiquette, with amendments to follow."
In a CNN article subtitled, "As public unplugs, rudeness seems to be getting worse," Amy Cox warns: "The only thing advancing quicker than wireless innovation may be the rudeness of the people using the technology, experts say."
With more than 200 million cell phones in the U.S., inconsiderate cell phone habits are turning into an epidemic. A lack of basic mobile phone etiquette at the office, the dinner table, and in the car is frustrating Americans more than ever, according to research by online retailer LetsTalk.com.
"With the proliferation of cell phones in our society and the onslaught of new ways to use your cell phones, consumers are becoming increasingly confused about setting boundaries," says CEO Delly Tamer of LetsTalk.com, whose guidelines are based on comprehensive annual surveys on cell phone etiquette and behavior since 2000. Here's a summary.
In one annual Sprint Cell Phone Etiquette Online Quiz, 30 percent of the participants scored between 90 to 100 percent, 31 percent scored 80 to 89 percent, and 39 percent had between 0 to 69 percent of the answers correct.
"People aren't being rude intentionally; it's just that many don't realize the impact their mobile phone behavior has on those around them," said Sprint's etiquette spokesperson Jacqueline Whitmore.