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South Winds Apartments Blog, Fall River, MA  Cell phones in common areas  what's the polite way to do it? Find out in today's blog post.

Cell phones — smartphones — have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. We feel lost without that familiar rectangular device in our back pocket or purse; yet, it’s still important to interact with others around us and not use the wonderful technology we have to isolate ourselves or annoy others (especially fellow members of our apartment community). Today, the South Winds Apartments Blog takes a look at cell phone etiquette in honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in July.


Cell Phone Tips

Use cell phones to communicate, but don’t let them rob you of the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations and interactions with others. In fact, a good practice is to put away your cell phone at mealtime, during family time, and when you’re engaged in a social activity.


Use the ten-foot rule (if you must take a call in public) and move at least ten feet away from others to speak. This helps prevent the awkwardness of overhearing conversations that should have been kept private. Along those lines, if you need to make or take a call and you’re at a church, library, concert hall, the theater, or a restaurant — step out to use your phone.


If you must keep your phone on, turn it to the silent or vibrate mode, excuse yourself to take a call, and be as brief as possible. This is especially important in business meetings, when you are out on a date, or having a family dinner. Focus instead on the function at hand.


A word about content: Our smart devices enable us to share photos, thoughts, and messages instantly —but be wary and smart about what you share, because once it’s in cyberspace it becomes fair game. For example, do you want pictures of yourself at the last party you attended to be floating around the internet, and perhaps show up in a background check? Be aware and avoid embarrassing moments by not posting sensitive, vulgar, or questionable content.


Don’t text and drive — and be aware of the local laws in Fall River, MA when it comes to talking and driving —besides, It’s better to arrive safely; the text message can wait.  


What do you consider to be the most important advice when it comes to cell phone etiquette? Please share in the comments. Thanks for reading today!