By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.
For college students, texting is just another everyday thing, like brushing our teeth or doing homework. We text in class, on our way to class, when we’re with friends, while driving (which I don’t condone!). We text when we probably shouldn’t be texting. What we might not realize, however, is that it can get us into some trouble and come across as impolite, and occasionally even unprofessional.
Just as a refresher, let’s go over the top 5 situations in which your phone would best be left turned off (or at least on silent) in your pocket. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind!”
During an Interview
In a CareerBuilder.com poll, employers said one of the top ten most common mistakes a person could make during an interview is either answering a phone call or texting. I know what you’re thinking: Who does that? But believe it or not, some people just don’t even think about the repercussions. So, if I may offer you a little piece of advice, don’t even think about it. It’s unprofessional and impolite. Interviews usually don’t last that long and I’m sure whoever texted you can wait.
At the Movies
As Anderson Cooper says, “Texting in a theater is like using a flare: people are going to see it!” In fact, in most theaters isn’t there an on-screen message before the movie that asks everyone to “please, silence your cell phones and refrain from texting during the movie”? I think so. Nobody wants to pay their $8-$10 only to repeatedly see the little glow of someone’s cell phone. If just have to text, step outside so you don’t bother everyone else.
With your Grandparents
It’s truly sad for me to go to a restaurant and, in the midst of people-watching, see a young person text in the presence of their grandparent(s). If you don’t live with your grandparents, chances are you don’t see them that often, so I’m sure you can afford to put away your phone for an hour or two to catch Grandma or Grandpa up on your grad plans.
While You’re On a Date
A lot of guys have told me that a turn off for them is when the girl they’re on a date with is texting. Even if it’s just for a second, it makes your date feel like you don’t value your time with them and/or you’re not having fun, and no one wants to be in that uncomfortable position. From my research, most people find it annoying and downright rude when their date would rather text instead of talk. If you want a second date, put your phone away.
On The Job
My heart has never pounded so hard before I got caught texting at work. Luckily, my boss didn’t fire me (or even give me a warning), but the fact that she saw me doing it was all the warning I needed! If the thought of losing your job doesn’t scare you, two years ago at a public pool in Arizona, a child almost drowned because the lifeguard was texting when he should’ve been paying attention. Luckily, a parent saw the child and rescued him. Suffice it to say, that lifeguard was fired.
Now that we’ve gone over text etiquette, I think it’s clear we’ve got a theme going here. In certain situations, texting can wait. If you know you’re going to be away from your phone for a bit, let whoever you’re texting know what’s up and that you’ll get back to them when you can!
And check out this article; it’s even bad to text and walk sometimes!