Thursday, July 30, 2009
My 5 New Rules for Cellphone Use
Congress is currently seeking a ban on texting while driving after studies have shown that the practice is as dangerous -- or more so -- than drunk driving.
Further, it's been found that even talking on a cellphone while driving means you have a four times greater chance of having an accident.
That got me to thinking about all the other rules we probably need to have in place regarding the use of electronic gadgets. Especially in the workplace. So, here's a list I've started for lawmakers to consider:
Making it illegal to:
1. Hold a business conversation while you're in the bathroom. You may think I can't hear the toilet flushing or the water running or someone calling "can you hand me some toilet paper?" but I can. Really, I can wait 10 minutes until you're out of the john.
2. Do noisy multitasking when on a conference call. It's cool that you can work from home, but washing the dishes, loading the laundry, using a Weedwacker and drying your hair is distracting.
3. Call me as soon as you land. As I said before, I can wait 10 minutes until you de-plane. Please don't make me listen to you and 100 other people say, "I've landed."
4. Use a cellphone when you are traveling through the Appalachians. Or some other area where service is spotty as best. If you KNOW you're going to have lousy reception, if you KNOW you're going to fade in and out like Britney Spears, then use e-mail or find a decent land line and call me. Don't say, "I'll probably lose you!" and then do it five times in 30 minutes. I didn't get lost that much when I was 5-years-old.
I think this would a great forum to lay down some electronic gadget rules for the workplace. Care to add to my list?