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ROLL NO : 18-213




YEAR : 2018-22

Every time a new technology in communication is unveiled it changes society in some ways. So
new rules have to be created for using the new devices. Mobile phones have revolutionized the
way the world communicates. But there is flip side to this revolution. Too often we see people
talking loudly on their phones blissfully unaware that they are causing a disturbance to those
around them.

Nobody wants to eavesdrop on other people’s conservations but we find ourselves doing
precisely this though due to no fault of our own. Just like there are certain rules defining online
behaviour there are certain rules to be followed when using a mobile phone.

It is not polite to talk on the mobile phone in a cinema hall, concert hall or hospital for instance.
The phone should be kept on silent or vibration mode if necessary, and if one has to talk, it is
better to go out and do it. Radio waves are believed to cause interference with heart pacemakers
and other medical devices. So it is better not to use it in a hospital.

When you are in a movie theater, respect others around you who are there to actually watch the
movie and are trying to listen. Turn your phone off completely, or at least switch it to vibrate
only so as to not disturb the other movie-going patrons.

When you are dining out in a restaurant, those you are with deserve the courtesy of your
attention. It is rude to your guests or companions to speak to or text others while you are dining.

When you have a professional appointment, whether it be an appointment with your hair dresser,
doctor, etc., it is time to give the phone a break.

Hospitals often restrict the use of cell phones in specific areas, because the cell signal could
possibly interfere with electrical equipment used to maintain life support or monitor the health of
patients. Be respectful and courteous of hospital rules that dictate the use of cell phones.

When attending live performances, whether a play, a speech, or a musical presentation, have the
courtesy to turn your phone off.

Whether at a church wedding or a funeral, the cell phone should be muted. Regardless of your
religious affiliation, when you find yourself in any house of worship, you should always keep the
phone turned off. If an absolute emergency occurs, and you find yourself needing to use your cell
phone in an inappropriate area, make an excuse to leave and seek out a private area to have your
conversation. Keep your voice quiet, as there is no need to share your conversation with others.

School and college students in India carry mobile phones. Some schools have banned this
because it distracts other students. One should not talk on the cell phone while driving either.
People drive slowly or don’t look where they are going which causes accidents. Many people in
India have been mowed down by trains when walking on the tracks, thanks to the mobile phone.
Playing games on the mobile phone or messaging when someone is trying to have a conversation
with you is also quite rude. Keep cell phone conversations brief if you have company. Before a
meeting begins it is polite to announce that you are expecting a call and seek permission for it.

Messaging is a great way to communicate, but don’t send offensive or threatening text, voice,
picture or any other sort of message, because it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to
menace or harass someone. Also receivers can save messages and easily identify you as the

People’s sense of personal space varies in each situation. Making a call in a busy pub may be
okay, but talking loudly in a confined space like a lift or on a train tends to infringe on others
personal space. Be aware of where you are and who you are with and what others are doing
before deciding to make or accept a call. In some situations it might be better to send a text

In the end, cellphone etiquette is all about the people around you. It comes down to making them
feel comfortable, and everyone has a different level of comfort. Whenever you’re no entirely
alone, chances are your cell phone should remain quiet and out of sight. Phones should enhance
communication and social interactions, not inhibit it.