Yes, most likely any rule that makes you happier is highly effective. :)
I agree with all what you said. I have a variation, too, I keep my phone off if I am busy, or with someone in a meeting -business or personal. I choose to do this because it doesn't give me the stress factor of the phone ringing. As you well said, if it's not good time for you, it's not good time for the call.
Plus, I said before, if you can have your call/messages issues any other time, why would you choose the time when you are with someone leaving the person just waiting?
I do find people prioritising their mobile phone stuff over their friends who are standing up right next to them. At that rate, such people may end up with their social media friends only!
When it comes to taking calls, I follow this simple and very effective rule with most my incoming phone calls: "When the phone rings, it is at the convenience of the caller not the callee." Therefore, if I am busy doing something or talking to a friend, I do not rush to answer the phone like Pavlov's dog. I pick up the phone when it is as convenient for me as it is for the calling person. You can always call the person at a more convenient time and nobody has a problem with it.
Let me tell you, this simple rule really helps me manage my all the phone calls I receive and it makes me much happier :) Highly recommended.
"...it can be rude to read or write text messages while walking with a friend who is trying to talk to you. Admittedly, we all do this every now, but if you are meeting a friend to socialize, I am sure forgetting about your mobile phone for an hour will do no harm, and your friend will appreciate it."
Yes, it's rude, and it has become to be an annoyance.
From all the points that one is the one I believe many people should work on improving. I have always been critical about people using their mobiles when being with someone else, unless what the person is doing on the mobile can't wait, which is not always the case.
Some people will be texting, or checking their social media when you come to meet them. They will not "be with you" for at least ten minutes until they finish whatever they were doing. The same kind of people you will find going with you to a café, and the first thing to do after ordering is taking their mobile out from their pocket to open Foursquare. After doing all the Fourquare thing without saying a word or listening to what you were saying, they will take the oppotunity to check their social media.
Intesting enough, those same people may complain about technology and how people are spending less time with real people. They should start respecting the person who is with them, forgetting about the mobile for the time the coffee break lasts, at least.
The manufacturers might be afraid of doing that except the law steps in. They might be thinking that might effect their sales because users might feel a bit constrained but the law steps in just like their is a warning on any cigarette park.
Mfbertozzi, I'm sure these other countries too will catch up in the end. It cost money and man power to legislate and implement new laws. It's possible that these countries too are looking for cheaper and convenient method to solve this never ending mobile device driving offences. Who knows?
@Kayode, You're right, that is the point I was making. It is a mannerism and common sense issue not for the manufacturer to deal with. However, it will be a good thing perhaps if manufacturers of mobile technologies can further invest in educational promotional advert to help educate discourteous users Lol!
@AK: yes, I agree with you, I am convinced, after all, it is an unconscious conduct from them, maybe as happened for Internet, it should be a possible approach, to try to define a sort of netiquette also for mobile, as Dr.Cagri did within his article.
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