Some thoughts and opinions:
- When you’re in a meeting and you sneak a quick peek at your screen, in your lap, under the table, everyone knows what you’re doing.
- Be careful where you place that pricey device on the table at a restaurant. If a server spills hot soup on your iPhone 5, he’ll be sorry but you’ll be even sorrier.
- Don’t check your screen when you’re stopped at a red light. Definitely don’t do it at a stop sign or a yield.
- I know a guy (who may be reading this if he clicked on the Facebook link) who lost out on a great gig a few years ago because he took a call on his cellphone during his job interview.
- Don’t text, tweet or post extensively at major league sporting events. A quick pic to show off your view of the field is okay but if you are at the venue, watch the game.
- When you’re visiting with a friend at lunch, don’t check your device every time the email signal sounds. (Early Blackberry users were terrible offenders.)
- Be careful reading tweets, posts, etc. while walking. You might bump into someone. Or a fireplug. It happens.
- You know to silence your ringer at movies, but be careful about illuminating your screen to check that text message. It’s obnoxious.
- My late brother-in-law’s ex-wife’s son-in-law had a “Ring of Fire” ringtone. The first time I heard it, I thought, “Cool!” By the 7th time, not so cool.
- It took me a while to feel comfortable taking pictures of food in a restaurant with my phone, even though I use those photos in my work. Go ahead and snap away, but note that a flash disturbs others greatly.
- If your phone rings loudly in an inappropriate situation, answer it and silence it quickly. Don’t play dumb. When your “ooga horn” ringtone sounds off in the middle of a meeting, a conference, or a funeral, don’t look around and pretend it wasn’t your phone. (I’ve seen many people do that.)
- Using your phone in the bathroom is a bad idea for so many reasons that I won’t even list any of them.