6 Places to Never Use Your Mobile Phone
Mobile phones are the ultimate distraction. More than just a way to connect with others, we value our phones as a source of entertainment, excitement and even education. As a result, people use their mobile devices seemingly everywhere, and in every situation. But there are some times when you should never use your phone. Here are six of them:
Checking social media or reading the news on your phone might seem like a good way to cap the day, but it can actually do more harm than good. Studies show that using your mobile device before bed can make it more difficult to fall asleep. This, in large part, is because the brightness of your phone stimulates your brain at a time when it should be slipping into a state of relaxation.
You should never use your mobile device while driving. Studies show that texting while driving makes an accident 23 times more likely. And yet, we see it on the road daily: People using their phones while operating a vehicle. In fact, 77 percent of young adults say they are very confident or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving. Play it safe and leave your phone out of reach when behind the wheel.
Not only is using your mobile device in school disrespectful to your teachers, but it’s also hurtful to your education. Learning in the classroom requires your full attention. When you’re distracted, you inevitably miss something important. While you might have to fight every urge in your body, it’s best to keep your mobile device in your book bag or locker.
During A Meeting
Like classrooms, meeting rooms should be devoid of mobile devices. Just having your phone or tablet in the room might be a distraction, as you’ll be thinking about using it when you should be engaged with your co-workers. Avoid temptation and leave your mobile device out of sight, so it’s out of mind.
It’s amazing how many people stare at their phones during a conversation. They’re either checking Facebook, getting sports scores, or worst of all, texting someone else. When you’re in a conversation, whether it’s with an individual or group, your head should be up, looking the person(s) with whom you’re speaking in the eye. Doing otherwise is extremely disrespectful.
When On a Date
The easiest way to not be attractive may be by using your mobile device on a date. It makes you look disinterested and just plain rude. There’s rarely a good reason to use your phone while on a date, so just leave it in the car and keep your focus on the person in front of you.