|手机这厢有礼 Cell Phone Manners|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2004/10/08 13:16 英语广场|
Read our guide because — trust us — you don＇t want to be the one everyone＇s rolling their eyes at.
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GOLDEN RULE Home is pretty much the only place where you can safely blab about almost anything without having to consider the needs of the people around you.
HANDLE WITH CARE in these places
Waiting rooms: People here tend to be feeling anxious about their news—not yours.
Shopping : Chatting while you re in line will slow down checkout and irritate other shoppers.
GOLDEN RULE Make calls quickly and quietly, and be respectful of those forced to listen!
DON＇T DO IT in these places
Museums／libraries／places of worship
These are places we go for peace and quiet—it s obnoxious to disrupt that for others.
Movies and plays
People pay to hear someone other than you perform.
Elevators／bathrooms／beauty salons／public transportation
No one around you can escape. Why force them to listen to your chitchat?
People come here partly to get away from ringing phones and enjoy their conversations—so don t subject them to yours.
GOLDEN RULE Put your phone on vibrate if you must get a call, but always wait until you re outside before you start talking.
While driving a car
It s rude to put other drivers in danger. So instead of going by the Golden Rules above, use a voice-activated phone—and sparingly.
FYI: You are four times as likely to get into a car accident if you re on the phone while you re driving.
Four conversations Not to have on your cell
1. “I m calling about the job opening...”
You need to make the best impression, and talking over static or car horns is not professional.
2. “I m so sorry she died...”
It will seem like you re not giving your full attention if you end up getting distracted in any way—and that s rude. Wait until you re home to offer condolences.
3. “There was so much blood...”
Sharing gory details is totally unfair to the poor people around you.
4. “Why are you such a jerk?!”
Arguments on the phone get really loud and can make others uneasy.
Hang up already
How to politely ask that loud cell-talker to disconnect:
If you re in a place that has a manager, ask him or her to do the dirty work. Otherwise, put on your sweetest smile, tap the offender on the shoulder, and try one of these carefully worded lines:
“Would you please end your call? I can t hear what they re saying.”
(Try this when you re watching movies and plays.)
“Excuse me, but you re making it really hard for me to concentrate.”
(Good for museums, libraries, and places of worship.)
“Is it possible for you to speak a little more softly? I have a bad headache.”
(This will usually work just about anywhere.)
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