As of June 2017, there is approximately 7.5 billion people in the world.
Of these 7.5 billion people, it is estimated that 4.7 billion are mobile phone users. This means that over 60% of the world’s total population uses a mobile device.
That’s a lot of people.
Perhaps it is hardly surprising then that there are a lot of people who might not be aware of best practices when it comes to mobile phones.
We’re talking basic phone manners; when and where it is and is not okay to take a call, when it is socially acceptable to be texting and how many hours a day can you have your eyes glued to a tiny screen before it becomes ‘a problem.’
Thankfully, Ding knows about phones. We send hundreds of thousands of mobile top-ups every single day so who better to ask about healthy phone etiquette?
Here’s our simple guide to do’s and don’ts when it comes to your mobile device.
When to switch off
We know most modern mobile phones have silent mode, airplane mode and vibrate mode, but sometimes you should just switch off your phone completely.
We’re talking at a show, at a concert, in the cinema or even at a family dinner. As a mark of respect to the people around you and the people you are with, sometimes it is good to show others that they have your full attention.
By putting your phone on silent, you are suggesting that although you don’t want your device to disturb others when you are out, you are not willing to disengage with it completely. Also remember that a lit-up screen can sometimes be just as distracting as a loud ringtone.
Outside of waiting for an important call or concern about loved ones, just switch it off! It may come as a surprising relief both to you and those around you.
When to be texting
Is there anything worse that trying to have a conversation with someone who is frantically typing on their phone?
Not only can they possibly be paying attention to you but it’s also downright rude.
An even more egregious sin is texting while driving. Even checking your phone while behind the wheel can have devastating implications. So, next time you hop into your car be sure to put the phone on silent and away from view.
When to take a call
Outside of extreme circumstances, just let your voicemail do its job!
Nothing is more distracting than someone talking a call during dinner or a social event especially if it is obvious that it was a call that could have waited until later.
But if you do have to take a call in a public place, the least you can do is keep your voice at a reasonable volume. No else needs to know what time you your doctor’s appointment is on Saturday or that the bins need to be put out.
When to be on social media
Having a mobile phone is a source of comfort, a way to stay connected to the world and an important source of information for many people.
Social media is an amazing resource for many around the world as well as being a vital means of connectivity to the people around us.
Despite the endless positives, social media has its obvious pitfalls. We can’t control what we see online and sometimes it can become addictive to be constantly checking for updates on social media throughout the day. This can be debilitating for your everyday life and the people around you.
Why not try turning off your data or your social media notifications for most of the day and give yourself one hour outside of work or social settings to check your Facebook feed.
You may be shocked to discover how your social media was affecting your actual social life.
Phones are a vital resource for many people around the world. Keep the phones of your friends and family topped-up with Ding because a phone with credit is a phone without limitations.