Posted by Susmita Baral 0 March 11, Friday, 2011
I remember last year when I went to India, I was shocked to see that people who lived in slums had cell phones! The people may not have had new clothes, nutritious or decadent meals, or even a roof over their head, but they did in fact have cell phones.
As a college student, it’s important to have a basic idea of what is okay and what’s not okay—whether you’re meeting friends, a professor, are at an internship or at a meal with your co-workers.
Unless you’re in the presence of close friends, restaurant cell phone etiquette is pretty much the same:
Never take a phone call at the table or reply to an email at the table; if you need to do so, excuse yourself and handle your business.
If you notice someone watching you, apologize with an excuse, “Sorry, that was my mom. She needed an urgent reply.”
Texting is fair game at work, but it really depends on your environment (if you work retail, playing with your phone may not be appreciated).
Be careful: Some employers may find your incessant texting a major problem and could fire you on the grounds of “texting too much.”
If you’re sitting in the front row, don’t text! It’s insulting to the professor (and probably distracting, too) and sends one simple message: I don’t care what you think.
If you’re attending office hours, don’t take any calls! Your professor has taken out time to help YOU improve in his/her class—don’t undermine them by texting while they’re talking or picking up your girlfriends phone call.
If you’re waiting to meet your professor, then texting is fine, but remember: A phone call can be too intrusive and/or distracting.