Manner Monday: Home Telephones and Texting

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Home Telephones and Texting

When making a phone call, traditional telephone manners dictate that one should never call too early in the morning or too late in the evening.  A good rule of thumb to follow when placing calls to someone’s home is:  wait until after 9:00 a.m. and before 9:00 p.m. during weekdays.  On weekends, extending extra courtesies by not calling someone before 10:00 a.m. is always a thoughtful gesture.

As we all know, advancements in technology have blurred the lines when it comes to telephones and working environments.  It’s hard to determine if someone’s phone number is his or her office phone number or a residential home office, and it seems everyone is (or appears to be) accessible 24/7.   Landline phones are quickly becoming extinct as smart phones are rapidly becoming the norm.

So now we’re faced with new issues:  ‘Text to Landline’ messages and business calls at strange hours.  We’ve lost count of how many ‘text to landline’ messages we have received…and the majority have all occurred at the most bizarre times:  1:00 a.m., 4:45 a.m., 5:30 a.m., just to name a few.  All of the persons sending the messages admit to hitting send on their text message without realizing they had selected our home phone, not cell phone:  so needless to say, we’ve been mistakenly roused from sleep to be greeted with an electronic voice, relaying a text message.  Since I’m guessing that many of us have fallen victim to this circumstance, I’m thinking the ‘traditional telephone manners’ aren’t too far off and still apply as technology advances.

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