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Smartphone or bad manners?

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

How often do you see someone you’re conversing with put their phone down next to them at meetings or in a café? We assume that you’ve experienced that on more than one occasion. Meanwhile, we’ve already mentioned that a negotiating table is no place for a smartphone—attackers can use its rear camera and the microphone to get first-hand information. But what we absolutely did not know is that putting your mobile device on a table is bad manners!


No personal belongings should be on a table unless they relate to the dining process. There should be a written warning: "No iPhones on the table". Not even facedown.


The Anti-virus Times recommends

And agrees. Keep your valuables close to you, but don't put them on display.

And how well do you know the other rules of smartphone etiquette?

You've come to the cinema, the lights are out, and suddenly you receive a call from someone very important to you. What do you do?

  • Answer the call. It’s important!
  • Switch to silent mode, and call the person back after the film has ended.
  • Decline the call.

When you are a guest in someone’s home, is it okay to ask them for their Wi-Fi password?

  • Sure, you are a guest after all.
  • No, if the host hasn't offered it to you, it’s best not to press the issue.
  • Yes, but only if they are close friends or relatives.

When in respectable company, is it okay to take selfies or photos of the food on the table for your social media accounts?

  • Of course, this has long been a global trend.
  • It’s okay if you are a well-known blogger who uses image processing filters very skilfully.
  • It’s unacceptable. It’s terribly bad manners. Unless you are a photographer who has been hired to do this.

At a party, you take tons of pictures with your phone. Then you upload them on your social media page.

  • I'll identify as many people as I can in the photos. Let them be surprised!
  • I'll ask the people I don't know too well for permission before I upload the photos.
  • I will post all the photos but blur the faces or disguise them with moustaches and beards.

I always use popular songs to set loud ringtones on my phone.

  • Yes, that way I can hear my phone ringing when I am outside. If the phone starts ringing indoors, I can always dance to it.
  • The early 2000s are in the past now. We are better off using soft ringtones.
  • Different strokes for different folks.


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