Telephone etiquette: How not to lose friends


They are the first thing many of us look at in the morning and last thing at night. Our phones are never far from our side and we are checking that every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom.

It is a story of love that seems that it will last so I’ve come up with five rules of use of the phone that are worth watching – none of the phones at the time of the dinner to turn it off in the box.You don’t….1. Talking on the phone in the hours of meals

An absolute no-no for the majority (81%) of us – however, half of us have been with others who’ve done it. And more than a quarter (26%) of young adults admit to it.

“They should always be turned off and out of sight during meals, meetings and parties,” insists Diana Mather of The English Manner of consulting.

“The person that you’re with the person that is the most important. None of us is indispensable.”

And, if you need proof of what it can do for relationships, Gareth Southgate boys – praised for its team ethos – to put their phones to one side of the computer during meals and unexpectedly reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. A coincidence? Well, maybe.


But even looking at the screen at the dinner table is not – for some.

More than four out of every five people over the age of 55 years and more I believe that it is unacceptable to check notifications, compared with around half (46%) of 18 to 34 years old.Read more about the uk the use of the phone2. Listening to loud music on public transport

That faint drone from the top deck of the bus screeching of a mobile speaker is known as sodcasting.

And it applies to watching videos and playing video games in high voice, as well as listen to music.

Three-quarters (76%) of us object to it-but it won’t stop everything.

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3. To be on the phone when you should be listening to

You’re in the box, but with the phone in the middle of the conversation. Do you hang up, say a friendly “hello” and she packed your bread, and clementines – or chat without having account?

It is a source of frustration for many workers in the shops, receptionist and waiter. A supermarket chain Sainsbury’s checkout worker was so incensed when a client refused to put an end to her call that she refused to serve her. The supermarket apologised.

“The text messages and talking is so rude,” says manners expert Diana Mather.

“We are still animals – pheromones, the charisma, the aura – if we are not concentrating on each other, we are losing a great opportunity to get to know each other better.”

John McDonnell colleagues could have missed out on getting to know the shadow chancellor a little better during this Commons session.

He had something to say in the Fall of 2016 Statement – but not all of his colleagues were catching those pheromones.

It is bad for the Deputies to use mobile phones in the Commons?4. Walking while looking at your phone

They have their head down, eyes open to the screen – and you are right in your way. Internally you’re screaming Look up! Look up! But it is not the pavement slalom of new – and dodging pedestrians in the phone area.


And the Twitter user @tiredhorizon has a public warning to them. Keep their phones in public buildings, hospitals and close to reversing trucks.

He describes having to push enormous containers around them and has led them to get in the way of porters pushing patients in hospital beds. It is not good.

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5. Play with the devices while watching TELEVISION with the others

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This rule, it seems, is for negotiation. Four in 10 (41%) adults think that it is unacceptable to use a phone while curled up with the family on the sofa in front of strictly.

For the older generation (those aged 55 years) is more of a problem – 62% are opposed to it – that for the younger adults, only one out of every five have a problem with it.
All the data comes from Ofcom is Doing Communications Work for All report