When I was offered the opportunity to work with U.S. Cellular through sponsored posts and the chance to try out the Apple iPhone 5S , with U.S. Cellular service which includes the reliability of their 4G LTE network, I hesitated.
Because cell phones can become less of a tool and more of a hindrance if you aren't careful.
Cellphones, along with instant access to texting and the internet, come in handy in many situations. Yet these tools are often used as toys. Too much of a good thing really does exist.
I've seen the bad side of cellphone users. People holding up lines as they chat on the phone and pay no attention to life around them. Conversations halted as someone checks their phone constantly or texts throughout dinner or a movie. Drivers endangering others on the road as they play with their phone. Kids getting in trouble for bullying through text or sexting with others. Mothers ignoring their children at the park while they sit on a bench and scroll through their phone.
I was scared to become that.
The fact is, this is not a cellphone problem per se, but rather an etiquette issue. You can avoid these issues altogether by setting some ground rules for yourself, as well as your family, when it comes to cellphone usage. You won't become a rude cellphone user if you don't allow yourself to.
With technology in the hands of our young people I think it's wise for cell phone etiquette to start at home. I think the best line of defense is to limit data usage to begin with but another nice option is the U.S. Cellular Parent/Child Agreement. It gets you talking with your children about proper cell phone usage as well as brings them up to speed about what you expect from them.
My biggest pet peeve of cell phone usage is those who have the phone out during dinner or those who text on their phone when you are trying to have an actual conversation with them. Be present in the moment.
Do you find yourself getting annoyed by cellphone users? What is your pet peeve when it comes to them?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade but all opinions are my own.