I vaguely remember life before the cell phone. I have become very dependent upon this remarkable little device. It allows me to keep up with my husband and children; it assists me when I need directions or when I have a last minute change of plans. It also gives me peace of mind because I can confirm my teenage son has reached his destination safely. My husband is a physician, and this little hand-held apparatus even helps him attend to immediate medical situations.
However, this advance in technology comes at a price: We forget to enjoy the peace around us—and respect the peace of others. Many of us neglect the phone manners our mothers taught us during the age of landlines. Here is a refresher course on mobile phone manners to make life more tolerable in the digital age.
1. Never use a cell phone during mealtime. This should be a time when families are reconnecting, not texting about homework or weekend plans. Just carve out this time for your family. Whether at home or dining out, it is just best to put your phone away.
2. Do not use your phone in close proximity to another person. Your voice is usually elevated while speaking on the small gadget, and it is annoying to people close to you. This certainly applies to the waiting rooms in doctors’ and dentists’ offices, or any intimate space.
3. Avoid personal topics in public. Discussing your medical or family matters in public is not appropriate and can be offensive to others.
4. Try not to check your text messages during time out with family and friends. Texting is a wonderful alternative if you are in a crowded situation, but try to avoid it while in a face-to-face conversation with another person. PLEASE DO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING!!
5. If you are in a conversation with others and must take a call, excuse yourself or ask for permission.
6. Cellular conversations should be short and to the point. Wait until you are home to catch up with friends about their weekend activities.
7. Please do not use your cell phone while trying to conduct business in public. If you are at the bank, grocery store checkout or dry cleaners, put down the phone and finish your transaction. The employee, and those waiting behind you, will appreciate this courtesy.
These are my own personal suggestions. I would love to hear yours!
As always, thanks for reading.
Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm