A cellphone may not only cause problems with loved ones or friends, but a new small study suggests it can actually get in the way of forming new relationships. Even the mere presence of a cell phone on the table can have a negative effect on a face-to-face conversation, according to research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.  Researchers found that a cellphone could get in the way of building intimacy in a relationship while putting your phone away could communicate you’re really tuned in. Mobile phones may draw your attention away from social interactions in the present to conversations they could be having if they used their phones. Here are some pretty good ‘cell phone etiquette tips‘….

Cell phone etiquette tips:

Give your full attention to the person you’re with during social interactions rather than to the mobile device.

Avoid using your cellphone as a security blanket. Sure, it can connect you to something familiar when you’re in a new or awkward situation, but it also makes you less accessible or available to others.

Be conscious of the loudness of your voice while talking, and remember to tone down the volume.

Beware of private conversations in public places. Be considerate of your surroundings and realize you may have an audience who hears your every word.

Avoid making or taking calls when they’re likely to disturb and distract others, such as in a library or movie theatre, during a meeting, or at a restaurant or house of worship.

When meeting people for the first time, defer to more formal behavior to make a good first impression.

What other tips would you add to this list?


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