Straight Talk did a fun survey on the “can’s and can not’s” on the use of a phone. Here are the results.
You can not: use the phone during a meal, whether with relatives or friends. The majority of adults think that it is rude to use the phone at the table, particularly during lunches or family dinners. However, Straight Talk finds out, that more than half of people aged between 18 and 29 think it is acceptable to send messages to the restaurant.
You can: use the phone to make videos and photos, in any situation. Everyone agrees now that smartphones are also cameras. Nearly 60 percent of people surveyed said they had used the phone to take pictures or video while they were in the company of others. Younger people go even further, posting photos and videos to social networks when they are still in the company of their friends.
You can: answer the phone in the presence of other people. The 52 percent of people in the say to do so, they even said they looked for straight talk coupons online.
You can not: use the phone to avoid conversations or people. Very few people have admitted using the phone as a sort of shield to prevent someone or some situation: this is probably a sign of what is still considered unacceptable practice. Only 10 percent of adults say they have used the phone to avoid a conversation, and 16 per cent say they have done so because they are bored of the people they were. Straight Talk found it interesting that the tactic of using the phone as a shield is more common among young women, perhaps because they are the people who receive more unwanted attention.
You can: use the phone while you are with friends and family to look for important information.
You can not: use your mobile phone to pass the time, and with no real purpose while you are with someone else.
Many of these things are simple common sense. The bottom line is that our understanding of the cell is changing: if you first saw them as tools for solitary use – highly personal, self-directed, insulation – now we understand that can be used in a social way. The rule here, as in all social matters, is to do things in moderation.
None of this, however, will be reassuring for the traditionalists. “Do you remember the times when people were looking in the face while you were talking?”, “What happened to good manners?”. In this regard it may be noted that the “good manners” are always changed favoring new technologies, at least since the “good manners” were coded. Take the fork, considered scandalous when it was first introduced in Europe. Before the fork was considered the pinnacle of bad manners, not to eat from a common dish with their own hands. By the time the fork has rewritten the rules, giving us the fixed seats at the table and the Victorian etiquette.
The label changes, it is a fact of life, and this is neither good nor bad.