July 16th, 2013

July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

by Jacqueline Whitmore

While shopping in Walgreens the other day, I couldn’t help but hear a woman’s entire cell phone conversation. She was guilty of “cell yell” as I could hear her every word clear across the store.

It’s no wonder we need an entire month (or maybe a year) dedicated to educating others about how to be more courteous while using a cell phone. That’s why in 2002 I founded National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.

Every July I toot my cell phone courtesy horn and this year is no exception. Here are some tips to observe 365 days a year.

  • If you’re at work, be completely present in your meetings or other important events by turning your phone’s ringer on silent.
  • Avoid talking about private or important information in public since you just never know who might be listening in on your phone call.
  • Put the phone down when you’re out with somebody in public. They’re more important than your phone, but if you’re expecting an important call, let your companions know ahead of time and excuse yourself if and when your phone rings.
  • Avoid what’s commonly known as “cell yell” and speak in your regular conversational tone. If you’re watching video or listening to music while on your phone in public, use headphones.
  • Don’t under any circumstances text and drive, you’re putting yourself and others around you on the road at risk.

So excited that CBS Minnesota filmed this wonderful news story about National Cell Phone Courtesy Month! What’s one of your cell phone pet peeves? Let me know in the comment section below.

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2 Responses to “July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month”

  1. Nick P. on July 17th, 2013 12:51 am

    I could not agree more! Too many people have no idea the level of personal information they are sharing with the cell yell in public. Plus I have always felt uncomfortable when others are in the middle of their phone conversation in public setting that are not appropriate for a phone call.

  2. Gloria Auth on July 18th, 2013 9:51 pm

    While getting a pedicure I sat next to a person speaking very loudly on their cell phone. I just wanted to relax and not hear someone’s business. I would add spas for pedicures and manicures that are open spaces. It may be the only time that a busy person gets to relax and be pampered so just turn your phone off and give yourself that gift of relaxing also. Thank you.

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