Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tips For National Cellphone Courtesy Month From U.S. Cellular: #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of The Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 10+ years.

OK~ Did you know that July is National Cellphone Courtesy month? U.S. Cellular is celebrating by promoting positive cell phone etiquette. This makes me wonder, do you care about cellphone etiquette? I'd like to think that every single reader of this blog would be concerned, as it's common courtesy to know when to use and not use your cell phone. Toss kids with technology into the mix and life gets a little more interesting, doesn't it?

U.S. Cellular's parent/child agreement is a simple solution to helping your family manage the use of cellphones. Every parent wants a simple way to keep up with what their kids are doing online and this agreement is the simplest that I have found. Go ahead, check it out here.

As many of you know, I love technology and my smartphone, but I also realize there are times when it needs to be put away. Just over the 4th of July holiday, I made a conscientious effort to leave my smart phone home. I attended a family picnic and was able to experience "life" without a smartphone in my hand. Amazing, huh? Now, I do not have any pictures, but that is OK. Once the next family event rolls around, I will probably have my smartphone in tow.

It's important to set ground rules, and this even applies to myself. I have made an effort to use my smartphone where it's needed. There's nothing more annoying than sitting in a movie theater and hearing a smartphone "ringing" when the plot is just beginning to thicken. Oh yeah, and it's also a good rule of thumb to adjust the lighting on your smartphone before you enter any dark areas.

In fact, in a recent Pew Research Survey it was found that 80% of respondents felt it was rude to use a smartphone while dining. I have to agree, when it's time to sit down for a meal, it's time to eat and talk. Now, when it comes to finding a great dining location, that's when a smartphone comes in handy! UrbanSpoon is a great app to use for looking for a fun, new place to dine. With U.S. Cellular's 4G LTE Network, you will always have great service and will be able to find a fun new place to dine with your family.

So, how does one combat all of this chaos when it comes to smart use of a smartphone while dining? It starts by setting the ground rules. There is nothing wrong with having everyone place their smartphones in a specific location, away from the dining table, before a meal is served. This can apply at home and in a restaurant. Common sense and being thoughtful of those around you will go a long ways.

My Apple iPhone 5s keeps me connected each and every day through the internet, text messages, and social media.

I love the fact that I can snap a photo of something fun and interesting and within a few seconds, it's live on social media!

And just in case you want a little more training on using your smart phone devices, there's probably a training session near you at your local U.S. Cellular store in July. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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