Etiquette! What is etiquette? It is a set of rules and code of our social behaviour. So why is it important to smartphones and FOBO? It is because since our addiction, we have seemed to lose our manners in social settings. When you are out in a restaurant, how many people do you see on their phones?? Way too many to count.
We have looked at some research done by Pew and combined it with our knowledge of smartphone usage
So here we have a new set of rules for –
- use your phone in public spaces, even with the risk of walking into things. Everyone in the study agreed that it was ok to be on your phone in public areas
- send messages in front of friends and family provided it is quick. It is a lot easier to read a text than send one, so people generally feel it is more acceptable
- use your phone to take videos and photos. It is also allowed to post said photos or videos on social media, texts or whatever. Most young adults and teenagers do automatically, so that is a little hard to stop
- take phone calls in front of people. 52% of respondents said they do.
- use your phone to look up relevant or important information! Google searches, ‘where are you?’ texts, what is happening tomorrow in the calendar – are all ok!
- use your phones in meetings, work settings, class rooms, movies, anywhere you are expected to be attentive to someone else. Nine in 10 people said it was rude and unacceptable to use phones there.
- use your phone at meals or eating when with other people, at home or at a restaurant. It is a big NO NO!!
- use your phone as a shield to avoid someone or conversations. Apparently it is more common with women to use phones to avoid something/someone or they are bored
- check notifications and your phone when you are with someone else. Only if it is necessary and a reason for it.
Most should be common sense but it will be hard to adjust. I mean sadly what happened to looking someone in the eye and giving people all your attention? We used to see phones as a tool or as what it originally was invented for, to improve communication instead of the latter. Now we are allowing this tool to change our lives and the way we adapt to society. Phones are not really an issue, it is more the way they are used.
So use your manners and remember the smartphone etiquette or it’s #ByeFelicia to you!
x BL x