I have been involved in a long conversation about the norms of modern communications. I talked about my broad view and have been discussing an in-depth view of cell phone norms with several colleagues of mine. We have come up with an extensive list of what is absolutely unacceptable, what is acceptable on occasion, and what can over-ride these things.
Of course the latest group of cell phone users may not apply here
The list is…..
No Answering (turn it off)
– At the Doctors Office
– Taking a Test
– While your Presenting/giving a speech/teaching
– During an Important business meeting
– at a funerals
– on a date
– in the bathroom <- UPDATED
Excuse yourself then Answer (put it on silent)
– In a Class
– In the Movies
– During Regular business meeting
– At Church
– Driving a Car (pull over to excuse yourself)
– Eating at Restaurants
– At the Library
Over-rides above rules
– If the Boss calls(In certain situations)
– If it is a sick family/friend calling
What do you think? Have you found this to be different in your country/city? Have we missed something?
UPDATE 2/15/07: Tony Chung has an interesting list about what to do after you missed call, check it out