How to Practice Proper Cell Phone Etiquette

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Step 1: Don’t answer your phone
Don’t answer your phone and start chatting away if you are in the middle of an in-person conversation. If you’re expecting an important call, set your phone to vibrate, and then excuse yourself and go elsewhere to chat if the call comes in.

Step 2: Answer your phone
If you are not near enough to your phone to answer it within three rings, silence the ringer or turn it off — especially at the office.

Step 3: Don’t assume it’s off
If a phone rings somewhere inappropriate, like in a theater or during a church service, double check that it’s not yours, even if you’re “positive” you turned it off or silenced it.

Step 4: Rethink your ring tone
Rethink your ring tone. Consider whether the volume or song snippet you chose might disturb some people. If it might, set your phone to vibrate.

Step 5: Show some consideration
Keep your voice down and the conversation brief when speaking on your cell phone in public. If you have to shout to be heard, make the call elsewhere. Never curse or talk about intimate matters when you’re out and about.

Step 6: Keep your checking in check
Keep your message-checking in check when you’re with others by setting time limits; say, one peek per hour.

Step 7: Don’t dine and phone
If you must use your phone during a meal, excuse yourself to do so. Don’t leave it on the table, lighting up with alerts; and don’t sneak it underneath the tablecloth to check messages or sports scores.

Step 8: Don’t talk and drive
Don’t talk and drive. It annoys 61 percent of your fellow motorists, even though over half of all drivers admit using a cell phone while driving.

Cell phone use — even if you are using a hands-free device — also quadruples your risk of a collision.

Step 9: Don’t drink and dial
Don’t call anyone after you’ve had a few too many. It’s never a good idea.

Did You Know?
Most Americans are opposed to lifting the ban on cell phone use during flights, according to numerous surveys.

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25 Responses to “How to Practice Proper Cell Phone Etiquette”

  1. elinggnlidixxx says:

    Next Howcast: How …
    Next Howcast: How to come up with useless facts for video outros.

  2. PamelaRP says:

    Make a video about …
    Make a video about kids and telephone ettiquette. They hang up on Everyone for no reason. I work for a company that verifies appoinments for a service their parents have. The second the name is said they will start to say a sentence and not finish it and hang up. Today at least 25 kids hung up. Kids what if you had to do this kind of work someday? Also today one today said wrong number 35 times and I said our list is not correct and said wrong number ovewr and over and over and over and hung up.

  3. shetoppledmybeeramid says:

    I can’t tell you …
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been talking to someone who straight-up pulls out their phone and starts checking messages and texting in the middle of our conversation Then they try to respond to me in this halted, distracted voice… I have to keep a straight face like my opinion of them has not gone to even though it has.

  4. chulow213 says:


  5. TheEgg185 says:

    lol. where do you …
    lol. where do you work? McDonalds?

  6. MultiRump says:

    last comment
    last comment

  7. MissRKOfan1 says:

    more resons to …
    more resons to leave

  8. irishgeoff1 says:

    All i can say is …
    All i can say is that why i have a yapper zapper :). google it!

  9. 2010Barbon says:

    My rules:

    1. …
    My rules:

    1. Strangle any self obcessed using a cellular when they are driving.

    2. Shoot any self important using their phones when in a in person conversation with me.

    3. Stab any annoying loud teens with stupid annoying “hip” ringtones on public transport.

  10. DiamondChrome42 says:

    4. if you are …
    4. if you are texting someone you are sitting right across just turn the phone off and just speak to them, it’s very sad the only conversation you can have with a person is to either emailing them or texting them and shushing you if you try to speak to them

  11. DiamondChrome42 says:

    here’s my rules:

    1 …
    here’s my rules:

    1. If you are in public and the cellphone rings pick a spot to either stand in place or sit down, walking while talking on a cellphone is dangerous if you live in a capital city

    2. when you are driving put the cellphone on vibrate and don’t answer it, then once at your destination check to see who called you and text back before getting out then be on your way

    3. Never answer your cellphone during a conversation or a family get together

  12. charlieemk1 says:


  13. Julieluvzu says:

    11+ people don’t …
    11+ people don’t like cellphone etiquette. :)

  14. jack11s says:

    For their own good …
    For their own good, everyone should view this video, especially Step 1. Unfortunately, consideration and common sense do not come naturally to some people.

  15. illmisshimforever says:

    omg, cell phones, …
    omg, cell phones, on planes??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME lololol i didnt even know people were considering that! I fly 6 times a year every year, and if I had to spend that 3 hour flight listening to a plane full of people talking on thier cell phones, i think i’d jump out.

  16. Hottielvr says:

    wtf? people don’t …
    wtf? people don’t just walk away from a conversation to ansnwer their phones? but if you’re talking to someone and you answe i don’t see anything wrong with making it quick, also why are they telling us what we can have as a ringtone? the only valid rule to follow in this whole video is to not talk while driving, lets get real people!

  17. Hotstuffix says:

    I mean drive whilst …
    I mean drive whilst on your phone, lol

  18. Hotstuffix says:

    In England it’s …
    In England it’s illegal to talk and drive on your phone

  19. jbms8009 says:

    do you work at jack …
    do you work at jack in the box?

  20. Pandabearmadness says:

    we a person excuses …
    we a person excuses him or herself from the table to answer a call is pretty polite i have never been with a person who has done that.

  21. Ally657 says:

    Siiighh I know the …
    Siiighh I know the rules but sometimes I get so heated I raise my voice. Especially when people say stupid things. THE HULKK.

  22. sk8rguy4life1123 says:


  23. therealAQ says:

    people on the road …
    people on the road can turn an LOL into a great big OMG …

  24. jccaymo25 says:

    1:52 FTW!
    1:52 FTW!

  25. LikeMindedIncident says:

    Classic. I was …
    Classic. I was trying to date a woman and I’m sure she was trying to show off how many friends she had, pretty sad now I look back. She asked me for my number tho’. But the paper she gave me to write it on had another guy’s number, gave me mixed messages – either trying to make me jealous or telling me to hike. But it always annoyed me her phone ettiquete. I’d blame myself as if I wasn’t interesting enough (maybe) but it’s just plain rude to be honest. I showed respect, gimme it back.

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