The latest studies show that half of us own smartphones and a third own a tablet. I believe it. You can't go anywhere without seeing someone tapping away on a mobile gadget!
On the one hand, gadgets are useful for just about everything. On the other hand, they're doing serious damage to people's manners.
You know what I'm talking about. In fact, you probably see it every day!
A distracted walker bumps into you on the street. Someone on a phone call loudly shares way more than you ever wanted to know. It's just bad etiquette.
A recent survey from Microsoft rounds up people's 5 biggest smartphone pet peeves. Unsurprisingly, the company found that the same bad mobile manners annoy everyone. So, why do people still do them?
It's often a typical case of "do as I say, not as I do." In fact, you might be guilty of a few mobile manner sins yourself.
If we're going to improve society's mobile manners, we each have to take responsibility.
I've written 10 commandments you should follow while using your smartphone or tablet. Be sure to share these with your family and friends. Together, we can create a more polite mobile society!
1. Thou shalt give priority to those who are with you
Don't glue your eyes to your phone or tablet when you're with friends or family. That sends the message that something else is more important than them. Focus on what they're saying and keep the gadgets stashed away.