Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I am not suggesting to always have your phone away but here are some tips to be a bit more ladylike with your cell phone.

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  • Never, ever pull your phone out at the dinner table. Unless it is a dire emergency, focus your attention on the people you are eating with and your meal. No one likes to know you are texting someone else while you are sitting right across from them.
  • If you need to take a call, make sure to go a far distance away from people. This way, you can talk privately and no one hears your conversation. Even if you are a far distance from people, if you are in a public place, be sure to keep your voice low so as to not disrupt anyone.
  • A great rule of thumb about ladylike phone usage is to not use your phone if you are doing something else. Whether that is shopping, hanging out with friends, or walking down the street, put your phone away and focus on the task at hand and the people around you.
  • Do not be that person in the movie theater who checks their phone obsessively. The light is noticeable in the dark, enclosed space and it can disrupt everyone else’s movie-going experience.
  • Try to not use your phone while driving. Not only are you putting yourself and the drivers around you in danger, you are not as focused on the road and that can affect the way you drive. What I like to do is put my phone in the backseat of my car so I can’t see it light up or hear it and I won’t be tempted to answer a text or pick up a call.
  • Whatever you do, think before you text. Think about who you are with, the situation you are in, and what you are doing. If you’re hanging out with your best friend watching movies in bed, it’s totally fine to use your cell phone. If you are having tea with the Queen, it is most definitely not okay. Use your common sense above all else and read the situation.


Kinsey is a contributor for What Would Kate Do? and a college student studying marketing. She has loved all things British since her family went on a trip to England when she was eight. Since then, she has had royal ambitions, fueled by The Princess Diaries, Disney World, and, of course, Kate Middleton. Her guilty pleasures include rap music and bad reality television. She resides in Boston.

6 Comments on Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

  1. Hannah
    February 28, 2014 at 3:52 am (2 years ago)

    Great article!!! I’m going to post it on the board at work! Thanks!!!

  2. candice
    March 1, 2014 at 4:56 am (2 years ago)

    Excellent points, I know I always find it disconcerting when someone starts surfing the net on their phone while we were in the middle of a conversation a moment ago. I did want to add another note though. In some professions and companies one is expected to be on call and aware of emails constantly (especially weekdays and the 8 am – 10 pm range). I’ve found that pretty much universally amongst those conditions, the practice is to be open and say – I’m sorry, I just have to keep my phone in sight in case anything major comes in. That way, they know you aren’t just bored or I’ll mannered and you don’t wind up in hot water of a professional sort. That begs the question of whether it is good for society to have the expectation of immediate response to all inquiries and whether it is a good idea to always respond with the expected immediacy, however, that is a bit off topic. Thanks for the post!