A gentleman and his cell phone

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”- Theodore Roosevelt

It is true that in our modern society, cell phones can be of a necessity than a want. Life revolves around telecommunications. With the uprise of technology it is often hard for this generation to understand how to be etiquette in todays world.

One thing all gentleman hold true is that a gentleman knows how to make others feel comfortable. With that in mind, when having company, a gentleman should not be on his cell phone.

A gentleman understands that continuous use of his mobile phone indicates that he values his conversation on the phone far more than his company at hand.

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A gentleman knows that it is appropriate for him to use his cell phone…
  • If he is alone
  • if he is certain that his conversation will not disturb or annoy others
  • if he is a doctor, receiving a call from his answering service or from his office
  • if he is a father, expecting a report from his children or from their babysitter
  • if he is at a raucous event such as a football game, where his shouting will only add to the general uproar
  • if it is truly necessary for him to bring another person into the conversation at a business meeting, at that very moment
  • if he truly believes there is a chance that an emergency is in the offing 

A gentleman does not use his cell phone…
  • when he is behind the wheel of a vehicle, of any type
  • in the midst of a church service or during a theatre performance, a movie, or at a concert
  • at a table in a restaurant of any type-be it fast-food or first-class
  • in the waiting room, or in the examining room, at a doctor’s office
  • when standing in line at the grocery store, the post office, a deli, or any other place where customers may find themselves trapped an unwilling witnesses to his conversation
  • in an elevator, unless he is alone, or in the company of only friends or coworkers
  • in the workout room at his gym
  • on the “quiet car” of a train
  • in the cabin of an airplane, unless some actual, dire emergency demands it
  • in any place where signage, or a public announcement, notifies him that the use of cell phones is not permitted

John Bridges (2008). How to be a gentleman. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. 5-6.

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