I cannot stand people having a conversation on their phone while at the movies, yes i know your not making noise but the light bugs everyone around you. I will get up and say something to you that s only if throwing trash at you doesnt stop you.
Dinner time with the family should be considered a sacred time or event. A time where true communication comes into play. True the Blackberry gives us extended communication but family is and should be number one. My brother used his blackberry while eating thanksgiving dinner with the family. Come on, have a little dignity for the family gathering time.
Just like with any phone, the BB should not be used in restaurants, movies, etc. but my personal favorite, not while in line at the cash register, nothing bugs me more than these morons who will hold up the line because they just HAD to answer that call from their friend to hear the latest news on what their friends did at the club last night. I loathe shopping as it is, that's enough to push me over the edge.
First off - I don't think the rules should be strict for Blackberry users. It should be for all multi-media phones out there today - even if ours are better than the rest!
As far as etiquette - it's simple:
1. Turn off your ringer when appropriate: Meetings, Restaurants, or any other intimate public setting.
2. Don't type and drive! My biggest fo-pa. And use a headset for the love of God!
3. When someone is having a conversation with you - keep that s**t in your pocket or on your holster (that goes for all text-enabled phones).
4. When someone pulls out their new phone, make sure to tell them they should have gotten a crackberry instead!
Earlier this year I participated on many on-campus recruiting interviews. I loved it when my interviewer would have his BB out on the desk and buzzing, and especially when they actually interrupted my interview to take a call, email, or whatever.
Typically was investment bankers checking their latest deal.
My Rule #1... Be curtious when in a public place, i.e. library, movies, etc., and not be talking up a storm and having the phone go off constantly with email, text message and phone ringing... I hate that!... Just put it on stun...
In my opinion, there cannot be one set of "rules" defining etiquette... Mobile communication rules are not as simple as "this is the salad fork".
I try to define my usage of my BB by being respectful of the situation. For example, if I'm in a meeting at work or having dinner with my family, the BB is off-limits. Stuck in an airport waiting for a flight however, I use it freely, but still try to be respectful of those around me; don't talk excessively loud, no off-color comments, etc...
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