Advocating for mobile device abstinence is ridiculous — they are evolving and becoming ever more useful, compelling and ubiquitous. But perhaps we should take responsibility, break the cycle, and reclaim our manners (or at least locate the mute button).
The Etiquette of Mobile Device Use
Your private use of your mobile devices should minimize attracting anyone else’s attention. Assume that nobody around you wants to be actively aware that you are using your device, much less what you are doing with it, and be discreet.
You should afford those around you respect whenever using your device:
– Not distracting other people
– Not disrupting other people
– Not ignoring people who are trying to engage with you
You should never put your safety or anyone else’s safety at risk by looking down at your device while crossing roads, driving, walking on uneven ground/near lampposts, walking in crowded places, pouring hot coffee, or suchlike activities that require a sensible amount of attention.
Learn more about goals of mobile device etiquette.