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The Polite Company's Top Ten Cell Phone Manners

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

Have you ever been in a situation where you're trying to have a conversation with someone and they're constantly looking at their phone? It's frustrating, right? Well, you're not alone. Cell phone etiquette is becoming more and more important. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the best ways to use your cell phone etiquette to your advantage. Thanks for reading!

Ten Foot Rule

Keep a distance of at least 10 feet from the nearest person when making or taking a call on your phone.

Out of Sight is Right

Cell phones are essential tools for keeping in touch with friends and family, but it is important to be considerate of others when you're around them. Putting down your phone during meetings or dining out will help ensure meaningful and productive conversations.

Think Twice

Once you hit send, your text or post is public. Think twice before sending something that could be compromising to either yourself and/or others.

Cellular Default

When you're feeling awkward or uncomfortable, don't use your phone as the only way to get out of it. Instead, connect with others and make some new friends!


Avoid texting or taking phone calls when you are talking to someone in person. Your focus should be on the person who is physically present.

Silent Mode

Put your cell phone on silent mode when you are in public spaces. You should turn your phone to silent any time it might disturb another person or an activity.


You should never look something up and fact-check while you are having a conversation. If you doubt what someone else is telling you, wait to look it up.

May I?

Be considerate and ask for permission before you post images of someone on social media.


Avoid sensitive topics and personal matters when talking on the phone. That includes difficulties at work, disagreements with others, and medical issues.

Don’t Steal the Show

The bright lights of your phone can distract you and impair the quality of seeing a show or performance in person. So, avoid using them during these times.

Remember, you are in control of your cell phone, so don't let it control you!


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