Wherever you are right now take a look around you. How many people do you see on a mobile phone?
As soon as people sit down on the train or bus, out comes the phone. As soon as people get off a plane, out comes the phone. We have become a society addicted to having information, right at our finger tips, all the time. You will see very few people without a phone these days.
When we first arrived in Australia we made sure our whole family had a mobile phone so we could communicate with each other. Now it has gone way beyond that.
How many phones do you own?
It is wonderful to have music, information and photos in your hand. It is great to be able to communicate with whomever, wherever you are, to get answers to questions instantly.
But where does this leave us? Do we connect with people who are right in front of us or spend a lot of our time on our phones? Sometimes it is hard to tell.
Are you dining with your mobile?
How many of you sit at the dinner table, in a restaurant, at home, anywhere you are with another person, both of you on the phone? Are you there to be with each other? Can your phone not wait until later when you are by yourself?
Spend time with each other!
It is amazing how many people sit with someone and can be completely oblivious to the other person as they answer their messages. We have all been guilty of this. So this brings up the question - do we need some rules around mobile phone etiquette?
We all know we can't text and walk at the same time. How many of you have run into immovable objects or walked off sidewalks? How many times have you been behind someone who is walking and texting? It can be quite irritating because we all slow down. Everyone behind us then has to slow down. What if we were to step to the side to do our texting? It is considerate and easy to do.
Teachers have noticed that students have to compete with their parent's mobile phone for their attention. Does this sound familiar? What are we showing our kids when this occurs?
Our mobiles have become larger than life!
How about we save the phone for when we are alone, or we agree to spend some time with the phone then with each other. Children need to feel important and need our attention when we are with them. They should not have to compete with our phones.
Our kids need to see they are important!
This is something to think about. How does mobile phone behaviour irritate you, and what ways can you come up with for people to be more considerate with phone usage?