Casual Friday: Cell Phone Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them
Do your thumbs move faster than a speeding bullet? Is your 3G connectivity more powerful than a locomotive? If so, you may be a superhero when it comes to using your smart phone, but are you using it, well, smartly? Here are some major faux pas that chronic callers (or texters) are often guilty of, and how to avoid them.
The Classic Walk and Text
You may be able to surf the web, send a text, check your email, and chew gum all at the same time, but that doesn't mean you can do everything while your eyes are glued to the screen in your hands. We all know about the dangers of texting and driving, but texting and walking can be equally perilous. Aside from the fact that your slow gait and ignorance to the world around you will annoy fellow pedestrians, there's a good chance you'll walk right into traffic.
Solution: Keep the phone in your pocket while walking, and if you must text, stand against a wall or in a doorway till you're done.
A cell phone can sometimes feel like a best friend, so treat it like one. Many, many cell phones are left behind in cabs and restaurants, and still more are dropped, cracked, dunked or otherwise ruined. Losing your cell phone isn't just an annoyance - it also puts your mobile identity in jeopardy.
Solution: If you're clumsy, get a nice case for your phone. If you're a bit of an air head, make sure your phone is password protected and install tracking software on the device.
Trapped in Virtual Reality
Talking on the phone and texting your pals when you're alone is one thing, but choosing your "cell phone life" over your real life is a tasteless move. If you're spending time with friends or family, then you need to let calls go to voicemail, and shelve your texts until you have a free moment. Using your phone at work is also dangerous - constant workplace texting can lead to a pink slip.
Solution: Shut off your phone while your with friends and family. If you have to have your phone on while at work, get a second mobile number so that you can screen your personal calls while still having an office-friendly device.
There's nothing wrong with enjoying the comfort and functionality a smart phone offers, but you may find that it becomes your only friend if you don't keep your manners in mind. Remember to always give your real life friends the attention they deserve, otherwise your cell phone could be your own personal kryptonite.