When Not To Use Your Smartphone

Posted Apr 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm in Threads > Opinions

A bite to eat, a trip abroad, a meeting with friends, our smartphones have become as attached to us as the clothes on our back. So I had a thought, have our phones merged with our personalities, our bad habits?

I walk around and can’t help but instinctively grabbing my phone even for a moment. Slowly this notion becomes routine and the slightest act of using the phone goes unnoticed to the user. I thought about this while having dinner with my girlfriend at a small but popular restaurant with tables that are barely two feet apart from one another. I had used my phone several times throughout the night checking for the time and possible options of activities to do afterward. An innocent act, I thought subconsciously, however I had the notion that what I did came off as as rude, as I notice a slight silence as I try readjusting back to the world around me. I realized that I had sparked a nerve not only to the lovely lady across from me but from our neighboring tables as well. Which led me to think of phone etiquette, when is it not appropriate to use our phones? Is the lack of being able to disconnect the issue that irritates others?

So I want to know what are some cases where you’ve used your phone out of habit at a bad time and also what are some instances where you felt irritated by a fellow smartphone user?

Looking forward to hearing your experiences!

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    The movie theater, people think that just because they aren’t talking on the phone it’s not bothering anyone. But that’s exactly the problem, the brightness of large screened smartphones has ruined several movies for me because someone thought it was alright to text, or play on Facebook during the movie. I also get quite irritated in social situations when friends are constantly playing with their devices while trying to have a conversation, I end up having to repeat myself several times, or feel like I’m talking to a brick wall. I try to be courteous and not pull my phone out when carrying a conversation with someone.

  • McLovin

    While operating a vehicle!

    When I got my first smart phone I was tempted to do a quick check of my email while waiting for a red light. Next thing I know, somebody is honking their horn because I wasn’t paying attention when the light turned green. I’m still tempted but I learned my lesson that day.

    Unfortunately, other than embarrasement for being a dumb ass, the danger is as real as we see now with texting and driving.

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    On a date. It’s so rude to be on your phone when you’re suppose to at least pretend you’re interested in what’s happening.

  • seaps

    Anytime you’re with other people, you should be WITH them and not on your phone. We’ve become so connected to our phones that we sometimes forget there’s a reality surrounding us.

  • http://www.DollarTechCheck.com Theolonious

    I’ve honestly never seen the harm in a quick check of your phone unless you’re in a situation where somebody’s livelihood is at stake (such as driving). In situations such as being “on a date” or “with friends” doesn’t seem valid to me. Surely, you shouldn’t spend the entire time on your phone, but I don’t see the harm in a quick tweet or checking of email. Most of my friends understand, although few are as reliant on immediate information as me. I guess that’s just how things are as a business man…

  • tnnm

    When not to use your smartphone:

    During a marriage counseling session right in the middle of your wife complaining that you don’t pay enough attention to her.

  • SGB101

    A funeral