Unwritten Rules Of Cellphone Use: Okay At Dinner, Not At Church Or On A Date
- Using your phone to check emails, check scores, send a text message or make a phone call while someone else is talking to you is a big no-no.
- Checking out an incoming SMS while someone's talking to you is super rude.
- Sending an electronic "thank you" or "congrats" is perfectly acceptable if the person you're sending it to regularly uses their handset to communicate (in other words, your colleague is fine, but grandma...not so much).
- Using your cellphone or laptop in the bathroom is perfectly acceptable--just rinse and lather afterwards!
- Letting a mystery call go to voicemail is totally fine--you wouldn't want to pick up on someone that you were supposed to call back weeks ago, now would you?
- Taking a business call at dinner is okay, but not during a date. Unless you want to kill the relationship, of course.
That said, there are a few times where using a cellphone is just not acceptable. The #1 place? In a church or temple. If you get a ring while prayer is going on, you best step outside to answer. Wouldn't want the gods to smite you, now would you? So, where do you draw the line? What's acceptable and not? What are some of your favorite cellphone do's and don'ts?