I was in a bus a couple of days ago in Ibadan. There was this lady sitted behind me whose phone began to ring. Apparently, she was using one of these “Asian” made phones ( For those of you who know what I mean) the ringtone was deafening. What really irritated me the most was the fact that she even let it ring (deliberately) for several seconds before she eventually picked up. I thought my irritation might end there, but unfortunately, my prayers weren’t answered. She just wouldn’t keep her voice down. She just argued and yelled with the person over the phone for several minutes before the assault finally ended.
A friend of mine also had a similar experience and I found out that this kind of phone behavior is very rampant these days amongst most Nigerians. This is not really a good thing if we hope to develop as a society. Many people aren’t aware of basic phone etiquette that should be practiced.
You can’t go anywhere without seeing someone talking on a cellphone or working on an electronic communication device. Rude cellphone users are much anywhere that there’s a cell phone signal. Most people who are being impolite don’t realize what they’re doing. Could that be you?
There are some hard, cold truths to the way we use our cell phones, but they’ve become commonplace to the point of forming an accepted, unwritten code. This shouldn’t be so. Its a very good thing for anyone to practice good telephone etiquette. Its part of development. Below are some of them we should learn to practice:
Don’t talk too loudly: Talking loudly on the phone to the point where others in earshot can hear your entire side of the conversation is bad telephone etiquette. Shouting into a phone is like talking loudly to someone who does not speak your language and does not accomplish anything.
Talking or Eating on the Phone: It could be really annoying to hear eating noises while making a call. Therefore, next time you are eating or chewing something and you have to take a call, ensure you get rid of what you’re eating before taking that call.
Talking about personal topics: Do not talk about personal topics when you are in earshot of others. Respect the sensibility of others and do not discuss medical issues, romantic escapades and other personal matters when others can hear you.
Respect who you’re in conversation with: Others may perceive you as rude if you are already having a face-to-face conversation with someone else and opt to take a phone call mid-conversation. If you absolutely need to take a call, first request permission from the person you are conversing with and excuse yourself.
Keep a 10-foot (3 meter) distance between you and anyone else whenever you talk on your phone: No exceptions.
Know where not to use your phone. The following places are inappropriate for cell phone usage: churches, restrooms, movie theaters, school classrooms, hospitals, and public libraries.
Know where not to use your phone: The following places are inappropriate for cell phone usage: churches, restrooms, movie theaters, school classrooms, hospitals, and public libraries. Turn your phone off at any time that you are asked to when on a plane, as well.
Don’t talk on the phone in any enclosed spaces, even if you’re more than 10 feet away from anyone: They can still hear you (because it’s an enclosed space) and usually, they’re forced to just sit there and listen.
o Waiting rooms
Don’t even let your phone ring in any of the following settings:
o Places of worship
o Live performances
o Visiting relatives
Don’t use your phone when having a meal with someone. Ideally, its best to just switch off entirely.
No one likes to be on the receiving end of bad telephone manners. Just remember, be pleasant and helpful, and you’ll do fine.