Modern mobile etiquette
June 8, 2012 3:03 PM Subscribe
Please explain to me as though I have lived under a rock: What are the modern norms among urban folk in the US regarding mobile telephones? SMS? Internet-capable phones and "apps"? When is it appropriate to take a call? To place a call? What do people do with their telephones that really pisses you off? When, if ever, has someone made your life easier by appropriate use of a telephone?
posted by d. z. wang to society & culture (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking of starting to use a cell phone, at least for voice calls and possibly also SMS, so that I can be easier to contact for immediate, impromptu things and also so that I can keep in touch with old friends now scattered across the US. Also, because bureaucratic processes assume you have telephone access. All of my telephone etiquette was learned in elementary school, when phones were rotary-dial landlines, and then minimally modified to answer the desk phone at work.
In case it matters, I'm a 24 year old yuppie in New York City. My telephone, if I can get a service contract for it, would be an unlocked, rooted Android Dev Phone 1 which I won in a programming contest three or four years ago.