Walk into any store, restaurant, place of business or ballpark and you will see one common denominator: people glued to their smartphones. Somewhere along the way, we have lost a bit of our humanity and have forgotten there are actual humans around us. Where did our manners go and when did we forget smartphone etiquette?
Smartphones have integrated so many electronic products into one vessel that allows us to access every branch of social media at the touch of a button on our cellphone. The tricky part is apparently deciding where social media ends and human contact begins. Let take a look at some manners that smartphones may have accidentally erased from our human hard drives.
Top seven smartphone manners most people have forgotten
- Your smartphone is not required when having a face to face conversation with friends or family. Mothers everywhere are nodding their heads (mine included). Find the strength to mute all sounds and lay the electronic device down in another room; in other words, remove the temptation.
- Saying hello to someone in the same room can be done vocally; therefore you don’t need to text. While I surprise “I <3 you” during a favorite show can be cute, it can also be annoying. Besides, aren’t you watching the show as well?
- Texting and driving can be deadly, don’t do it! Also, please refrain from texting and walking. This too can lead to collisions on sidewalks or even crosswalks. If your texting, make sure you are immobile.
- It’s just a game. Fruit ninja, Candy Crush, Farmville and other games give new meaning to the word addiction. If you or a loved one is addicted to a game, such as having a hard time putting it down for dinner, conversations, TV time and bed time, then it may be time to back away from the game for a few days. It might sound silly, but addictions are real.
- Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. How many times do you check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your email each hour? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to know everything that is happening as it happens. No one will defriend you because you didn’t ‘like’ their status update in the first five minutes.
- Don’t give your 100% trust to GPS programs. Set your course and use the GPS, but have a paper copy of directions just in case. You never know when you might hit an area with no coverage at all.
- Texting is one the most popular form of communication. People don’t want to talk on the phone anymore and emails take too long. While we once again detach ourselves from human contact, texting really does seem to be one of the preferred method of quick conversations.
Do you have another idea of how smartphones have made us forget how to watch our manners? Do you have a pet peeve about how people use their smartphones? Share it in the comments!