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Do You Practice High-Tech Manners?

I can't deny the fact that I'm constantly on my BlackBerry- whether I'm returning a missed call, listening to my voicemail or sending a text message, I am always connected in some way, shape or form. Although I'm guilty of being glued to my phone 24/7, I can recognize that there is a time and place for cell phone use and know when to turn my phone off. According to CNN, Pew Research conducted a poll last year, which found that 81 percent of people were irritated by loud and annoying cell phones in public places. The poll also revealed that a quarter of respondents would answer their phone even if it interrupted a meal or meeting. And it was no surprise that a 2006 ABC News poll indicated that three-quarters of those surveyed had observed someone using a phone or e-mailing and text messaging in mid-conversation. Time to fess up! Where do you fall in these statistics? Do you practice tech manners when out in public?

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Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
No I don't actually. I just never found my phone that interesting. :)
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
when I'm with people I will only accept calls from family or my boyfriend and if it is a situation of a sit down dinner I turn my phone on silent. I rarely turn my phone completely off because I need to be accessible but I turn in on silent almost all of the time. I'll use vibrate for work though.
swtkitten swtkitten 9 years
I try not to take calls during a meal or in public..generally isnt too hard to do unless i've got my mom's cell phone with me on a trip as..I've got a prepaid phone for emergencies only. which typically doesnt have any minutes on it to begin with
kimicita kimicita 9 years
I always use cell phone manners. Probably too often, actually. I hate listening to people talk loudly on their phones in public places. Especially people who talk on speaker phone. No one cares about your conversation but you. Turn off the damn speaker phone!
Phil Phil 9 years
Always! My voice is kept at a personal level when I talk on my cell phone because no matter how loud I am, the clarity will be exactly the same on the other end. Also, completely ignored during lunch, dinner, at work, in class, while driving or while talking to someone.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I try to keep good manners, but sometimes it doesn't work out. About a month ago, I went home to see my BFF for her birthday and my friend from here kept texting me in the middle of our dinner and I knew if I didn't answer her, she would keep texting me. I felt awful!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i am guilty of saying "i'll be right there" when its time to eat, but i'm really just looking online for 5 minutes or something. dont do anything else though.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
I always keep my phone on vibrate when I'm not in class, and on silent in class. I might say "excuse me" and check, if it's nothing important I just ignore it, apolgize and move on. If it's important, I apolgize and check it and answer real fast. If I'm at a resturant or in the line to order whatever, I put it down to order and make sure everything's gravy and move on. I try to be polite with my yeah.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
When I'm at home, I'll put my ringer on so that I can hear it from it's charger. While I'm at work or in public, I try to make sure it's on vibrate. If I'm eating or in a conversation and the phone rings? Then whoever's calling is just gonna have to wait. Most of the time it's my husband calling from work anyway. :P
Bonne Bonne 9 years
My cell phone is on vibrate the whole time. I just carry it around in case of emergencies.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
There's nothing like being interrupted by a cell phone ringing during the movies, Easter mass at church, family dinner, or during a date.
millarci millarci 9 years
When I'm out with family and friends, I always put my phone on slient or vibrate. If I need to take a call, I'll excuse myself and step aside. People have to start being more courtious to others. This is really getting old. There is nothing that important (except emergencies) that you can't excuse yourself to take the call.
Performita Performita 9 years
I was thinking Geek is using iPhone, but now I learn it's Blackberry :o I don't answer any calls when I am talking to someone in person, but I've stopped the conversation on the phone several times when I got instant message from someone important :) so I guess I am a little bit of both
haydee haydee 9 years
it has to be off or at least put on silent especially at work, the theater, or churches
shafiii shafiii 9 years
i think i sometimes practice it, i make sure my volume isnt too high when im out and i dont snap it out in the middle of a conversation. im respectful about my cellphone and i think it gets really annyoing when someone is trying to say something and the other is paying more attention to their phone
BunGirl BunGirl 9 years
I have friends who do this and it drives me nuts, so I'm extra careful not to do it myself. The worst is when you're having a conversation and mid-sentence the phone rings and the other person answers it. Hello people, that's what voice mail is for!
conanho conanho 9 years
i am sooo guilty. i must confess.
MuffinGal MuffinGal 9 years
I try not to have my conversation in closed places. I also try to remember to put my cell on vibrate when I am at the movies or at work. It can be very rude to hear people's ringtones. Some are extremely loud and obnoxious.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
I hate it when a friends constantly on the phone when they're supposed to be hanging out with you
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