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Common courtesy: less common because of cell phones?

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Thanks to smartphones, we now have the world at our fingertips. But it seems more and more these devices are keeping us wrapped up in our own worlds as we navigate our lives.

"Think it has become a tendency to be on them so much they don't even realize that they're being rude," said Julia Horowitz, a frequent cell phone user.

Whether it is ordering food while on the phone, texting while behind the wheel or not paying attention to a conversation, examples of increasingly rude cell phone users are just about everywhere.

Von Archer admits he's one of them.

"Had a lot of friends with us. Everyone was talking, I was on my iPhone on Instagram, just totally not listening to the conversation," Archer said.

"The social interaction is completely missing," said Heidi Schlegel.

So we went to an etiquette expert for some phone manners 101. Leslie Jennewein is a certified consultant with the Manner's Advantage in Tampa.

"We always need to remember the person in front of us, the person we're speaking to should take precedence," Jennewein said.

And she reminded us about turning off our cell phones during important meetings. Bottom line, she says manners and common courtesy still apply, even if you have the latest and greatest phone.

"Wherever you are, there is a set of rules you need to follow. We get tickets if we don't stop at the stop sign -- of course, no one is going to give you a ticket from being on a cellphone but you might get an ugly stare," she said.

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