Thursday, October 19, 2006

When/Where You Can Call

New York Magazine had a great issue out last summer dedicated to "The Urban Etiquette Handbook". While I don't agree with everything they said in the article, I loved their guide to proper cell phone etiquette. I have a number of situations that relate to college students to add to the list, but check out the original here, it's a good read.

Talk all you want in:
Loud bars
Loud parties
Your car (if you're alone)
A cab
The lobby of a building
Your dorm room/apartment/house
The great outdoors (including sidewalks)
A sporting event

You can answer it, but be quiet and considerate of other people when you're in:
Busy public buildings (the campus center, cafeteria, etc)
Stairwells of academic buildings
Very loud restaurants
Moderately loud bars
On an airplane, bus or subway
In a waiting room
A store (and hang up or put it in your pocket while you're being helped by a salesperson)
Your car (if you're driving other people, and it's legal to do so)
A low-key party

Keep it on silent and don't touch it if it vibrates when you're in:
Class (if it's an emergency, keep it on vibrate and when it rings you can quietly and discreetly walk outside and take it)
A movie theater
A quiet or romantic restaurant
On a date, anywhere
Someone else's car (they're driving you somewhere, so don't be rude)
A dinner party
An elevator
A job interview or networking meeting
A museum
On a treadmill
In a public bathroom
During a commercial transaction
A concert or play
Meetings of any sort

Some iffy situations:

When you're in a one-on-one conversation or in a small group: It depends on who you're with. If you ran into your two best friends and you're just saying "hi", take the call. If it's someone you're meeting for the first time, a professor, your boss, or any non-family member adult who you want to like you, ignore it. If you're hanging out with friends, take it but go into another room.

When you're at work: Depends on the job. Watch what your coworkers do and follow their behavior. If you're in an open space with cubicles, where people could hear you, don't answer it. If you have your own office with a door and you'd feel comfortable if you boss walked by and saw you, answer it. In either case, make sure you don't talk for too long, or even flexible bosses/co-workers will get annoyed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I went to a friend's birthday party in Boston's North End at a nice Italian restaurant. My friend talked on her cell phone at the table while others around the table were having split conversations. I thought it was rude that she would gab on the phone at our friends party. I am not sure if anyone else noticed, but I thought it was a major faux pas. What are your thoughts on this?