Opinion

Reassessing Cell Phone Etiquette

IMAGE BY MACKENZIE KURTZ

By Ellery Hamann
CONTRIBUTOR

Cell phones are now something many people feel they cannot live without. People may even have panic attacks if their phone runs out of battery. Many of us take our cell phones with us everywhere we go and feel naked without them. Because we always have our cell phones on us, we naturally end up using them constantly. I think it would be healthy if we stopped sometimes and reassessed.

Because meaningful interactions with other human beings bring real happiness and fulfillment to our lives, it would be valuable for us to consider some basic etiquette for ourselves and our cell phones. Maybe consider turning off your phone when meeting a friend for lunch. Try resisting the urge to interrupt a one-on-one interaction to respond to a text. You don’t live forever and there is no better place to be than right where you are. Let’s start actually being with one another!

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