News Flash: You Don’t Always Have to Answer That Cell Phone
Before cell phones or caller ID, we invited friends over and they went hours without answering their phones. Those landline phones stayed at home. Today, people don't go to the bathroom without a cell phone. If your cell phone rings constantly, keep in mind that you're putting the people you’re hanging out with "on hold" every time you take a call. When you’re with friends, use your judgment before reaching for that ringing phone; in fact, think twice about even leaving it on. After all, your caller can always leave a message.
When you decide to break away to take a call, excuse yourself and step away. If the call involves anything other than a very brief conversation, let the caller know that it’s not a good time to talk and that you’ll call him or her back another time.