Mobile telephony has created ubiquitous communication as a social medium, leading
to worries about the invasiveness of the medium. The resulting consequence has been the
emergence of a social etiquette governing mobile phone use. A study in the US and Australia
tertiary students disclosed that "there was widespread but not the global agreement that the
use of phones in places of worship, library while driving or in classrooms was
inappropriate."1 In most cases, it was determined that Americans were less tolerant in mobile
usage than Australians. Short message service SMS was widely tolerated while driving, in
classes or places like cinemas. Even though telephony is a 19th-century technology, mobile
phones have developed to become consumer's recent phenomenon. It was first introduced in
1973 in the United States.2 The response to its adoption was relatively slow like many new
technologies. Progressive development and acceptance of the mobile phones in the market
led to a majority of young adults to use it in different ways like social simulation, constant
contractibility, record keeping and emergency use. Currently, they are viewed as agents of
socialization due to their fostering of social development and at the same time corroding the
normal behavior of individuals using them in public places without considering the ethical
guidelines that should be followed.
1 Totten, Jeff W., Thomas J. Lipscomb, and Rasheek Irtisam. "Mobile Phone Etiquette." Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (n.d.),
2 "IP Telephony." Computer Telephony Integration, Second Edition, 2002. doi:10.1201/9781420000405.ch2.
The growth of phone has been concurrent with a set of social rules and etiquette about
its use like any other new social media phenomenon. The origin of such regulations can be
traced in three different ways including, a group of elite might have established these rules
which with time would have trickled down to those individuals with minimal status. This is
supported because the early users of the mobile pho...