5 Bad Habits You Are Probably Committing With Your Smartphone
It’s time to brush up on your smartphone etiquette and see if you are guilty of any of these bad habits.
Everyone nowadays has a mobile phone. From tweens to grandparents, staying connected at all hours of the day is important in this modern age of technology. And who doesn’t like the sleek designs top smartphone makers like HTC, Samsung or Apple are coming out with? We want these new phones, and we want them now. Having our smartphone always near us has made us infatuated with these little devices, and we can’t seem to put them down. From cool apps like the SURE Universal to checking your social media profile, your phone holds a lot of important stuff. And if you’re a Millennial – between the ages of 18-34 – you probably spend an average of 14.5 hours per week on your mobile device. But, do you know you could actually be annoying people with some of your bad habits? If you use your phone in public – and who doesn’t – chances are you’re committing at least one of these five annoying smartphone faux pas.
1. Texting in Front of People
You’re with a group of your gal pals drinking coffee when all of sudden you receive a text message. What do you do? If you’re the person who immediately stops listening to your friends’ conversation and goes into texting mode, you’re lacking digital manners. Up to 42% of people surveyed by Entrepreneur.com said people should keep their mobile in their pocket or purse when out with their friends. What if you’re on a date? Well 48% of people feel you should also keep your phone in your purse or pocket.
2. Talking Loudly While on the Phone
We’re sure you can get away with talking loudly on your phone at home or outside, but if you’re in a small confined space like a doctor’s office, supermarket, or office building, have some courtesy and keep your voice down. It’s considered rude, and it’s highly annoying to others who have to listen to your conversation. Cellphone etiquette suggests that if you need to talk to someone in a small space like an elevator, for example, try to leave the area to finish your phone conversation. Otherwise, end your conversation and call the person back later.
3. Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is considered illegal in many states and provinces. This is actually considered one of the most annoying cell phone habits people can do, according to CNN. While it can be annoying, it’s in fact the most dangerous out of all the bad cellphone habits. The short amount of time it takes you to respond to your text message while driving is enough to cause a car crash. In fact, you’re 23 times more likely to cause a car crash due to responding to a text message. AT&T has joined forces with ItCanWait to spearhead a powerful campaign about the importance of keeping your eyes on the road. They have the AT&T DriveMode app that silences your messages when driving. But, if you need to use your phone, invest in a Bluetooth headset or other hands-free options.
4. Checking Your Phone During Meetings
So, you’re at a work meeting and you end up checking your phone. Someone liked your Facebook picture or you got a blog comment. Well, checking your phone at a meeting is considered disrespectful. It shows everyone that you could care less about what the speaker is saying. And don’t think no one’s watching you, because they are and while we like to think we aren’t being judged, what you do in public can be scrutinized. Instead of checking your phone, turn it off and pay attention to the presentation.
5. Texting While Walking
You can have entire conversations just by texting. But don’t try to do it while walking. According to research, people that walk and text end up walking more slowly and not walking in a straight line, when compared to other non-texting pedestrians. And this can result in more people being hit by cars (or falling into swimming pools). In fact, if you’re walking and texting in New Jersey you could go to jail. The New Jersey Legislature introduced a new measure that would prohibit texting while walking. If approved, the offender could have to pay a $50 fine, spend 15 days in jail, or both.
Respect Others Around You
Our smartphones can do many things for us. They connect us to others, keep us organized and productive, and can even act as a handy universal remote if you use our SURE Universal app. But, one thing to remember is to respect those around you. Keep your conversations to a minimum if you’re in a public place and don’t even look at your phone if you’re on a date or with your friends. And most importantly, avoid texting or using your phone at all while driving and walking. Over to you – are you guilty of any of these bad habits?