To the Editor:
Clearly, there is a lack of understanding of what is and is not acceptable in terms of cellphone etiquette.
Unfortunately, I had the misfortune to experience an individual who was more interested in texting, reading text messages she received, and admiring herself using the front camera as a mirror to look at herself rather than paying attention to mandatory training.
Why are you even here if you are constantly texting and admiring yourself?
What was even more disturbing is the fact that the individual using the cellphone had their supervisor in the same training session and she was using her cellphone as well.
Monkey see, monkey do.
Cellphones are a huge distraction, seeing screens flicker like a candle, not to mention disrespectful not only to the facilitator conducting the training or meeting, but to everyone within arm’s reach of that person who is using a cellphone during a training session or meeting.
Cellphones have a place and time, and using them while attending training or a meeting is not one of those occasions.
If you are too bored to attend training or need to monitor your cellphone for an emergency or a potential emergency, then you should not attend and disrupt others.
The next time you have to attend a training session or meeting, have a little common courtesy and not use your cellphone to distract other attendees who are respectful of the facilitator and committed to learn and listen.
Debra A. Jamieson
U.S. Army, retired