psa: the ten commandments of cell phone etiquette

Dan of InfoWorld brings us The Ten Commandments of cell phone etiquette:

  1. Thou shalt not subject defenseless others to cell phone conversations.
  2. Thou shalt not set thy ringer to play La Cucaracha every time thy phone rings.
  3. Thou shalt turn thy cell phone off during public performances.
  4. Thou shalt not wear more than two wireless devices on thy belt.
  5. Thou shalt not dial while driving.
  6. Thou shalt not wear thy earpiece when thou art not on thy phone.
  7. Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone.
  8. Thou shalt not grow too attached to thy cell phone.
  9. Thou shalt not attempt to impress with thy cell phone.
  10. Thou shalt not slam thy cell phone down on a restaurant table just in case it rings.

So ‘fess up. How many have you broken? I may have broken #1 before, but I hate it when I do it. I only do it if I HAVE to. I’ve broken #5. I’ve broken #6, but I only do that when I’m by myself and expecting a call. I’ve broken #7, but only when the other person says, “I can’t hear you!” #8 I’ve probably messed with some. I have a Treo so there’s a Palm built in. It’s more fun to play with! And #10 I’ve done a lot…and here’s why: it’s uncomfortable in my pocket while sitting! Maybe I’ll rethink where I place it from now on.


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  • have to add:

    1.Thou shalt not have private phone conversations by cell phone in public places (restaurants, while checking people out at thy register, while giving birth, etc).

  • rob

    Should also add: Do not check your voice mail using the speaker phone option. I don’t want to listen to your messages!

    Once I walked into a public men’s restroom and heard a voice…it was a guy sitting on the john listening to his voice mails out loud!

  • Gross.

    women talk on the phone in while using public restrooms far more than men (according to research my husband and I have conducted). Weird.