FaceTime Etiquette

by Meredith on April 16, 2013

I get ready for work naked.

Buck. Naked.

I don’t want to get makeup or hair on my clothes. So clothes go on last.

My cell phone rang last week, as I was getting ready for work, and it was my boss. I ran over to my bed, where my phone was sitting, sat down, and went to hit the green button… when I realized that I could see my naked self, looking back at my naked self on FACETIME.

AGGGHHHH! NO FACETIME! NO FACETIME!

I immediately threw my phone across the room. I grabbed a towel. I wrapped the towel around my naked self… and picked up my phone.

I called Deanna, the Office Manager.

Deanna! Oh my gosh! Deanna! Oh my gosh! DEANNA!

Meredith, what’s the matter?

Richard just FaceTimed me! 

So?

I DO NOT HAVE ANY CLOTHES ON!

Hahahahaha! That’s hilarious. You need to call off work today.

*click*

Screw Deanna.

I debated a little bit, and then I called my boss back. Clearly he wanted something.

Richard?

Yeah, hey, Meredith. Thanks for calling me back. What time is our meeting with so-and-so today?

Richard! YOU CANNOT JUST FACETIME SOMEONE!

Oh, yeah. Sorry about that. I think my face hit that button. 

DID YOU SEE ANYTHING?!

Uh… no. Nope. Nothing. I hung it up right away. It never went through. 

Nine. So-and-so is coming in at nine.

*click*

He seemed so calm. I really don’t think the call went through. Plus, I did only see myself and not him.

But holy crap! What if he had seen something? I. WOULD. DIE.

When you FaceTime on the iPhone the buttons are still red and green, so other than the fact that you can see the camera is on, you could very easily just answer the call and not think anything of it.

Which brings me to the point of this article…

IT IS RUDE TO FACETIME SOMEONE.

The person on the other end could be going to the bathroom, picking their nose, sitting on their bed naked, or a million other private things that they don’t want to share with you.

NEVER EVER FACETIME SOMEONE UNLESS YOU PICK A TIME, AND YOU MUST FIRST TEXT TO CONFIRM THE OTHER PERSON HAS ON CLOTHES BECAUSE YOU MAY CAUSE THE OTHER PERSON EXTREME ANXIETY.

PERIOD.

how to deactivate facetime

I’ve deactivated my FaceTime access so this will never happen again.

Okay, so tell me about your embarrassing phone call stories.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Cas

I run a small business out of my home.. its food related.. I sale jams, jellies, sauces, and salsas…locally and online.. Locally I also do catering.. small stuff nothing big. I do cakes, pastries and desserts. I have done a small wedding. I also do dinners.. mainly romantic…but family also. But what the romantic means is I come to your house..and personal chef. We discuss a menu.. I come in set up a romantic table.. music etc.. Cook and serve your food to you… clean up and try to leave out before the boomboom starts… I was on the phone with a husband who was planning a get out of the doghouse I want boomboom again dinner for his wife and he was being super romantic.. There was going to be champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries etc.. At the time I had 2 kids.. a 3 year old and 1 year old… the 1 year old woke up from his nap climbed up on the couch with me and I was cuddling him quietly when I needed a folder from the other room for dessert options… I got up and put the phone down on the couch not thinking… the 1 year old didn’t lay a hand on the phone.. but I got around the end of the couch and where I laid the phone was about midway down his body and he was not facing the phone. He farted.. into the phone… complete natural body function not done to be mean.. just baby being baby. Yeah I almost died explaining to the man.. that was not me and there would be none of that at his dinner..

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Rachel

I don’t think I’ve ever facetimed with anyone except for my husband. I never even thought of something like that happening!

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andrea

The facetime thing weirds me out…I’ve never used it and I have had my iphone for almost six months now.

Until last weekend.

I was at my daughter’s dance recital and thought “what an awesome ex wife and mother I would be if I tried to facetime my ex husband (then I stopped and giggled, because OBVIOUSLY) so that he could watch our daughter live at her recital as he lives across the country.

Talk about awkward…more so for him than me though, because while all I had to do was hold up the phone and point it at the stage…anyone and everyone could see him and he had no clue because it’s dark and all. Kind of like a hovering ghost head.

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Carolanne Nadeau

I almost choked on my strawberries as I read this. Funny! (I know it wasn’t)
:)
Carolanne

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Justin

New additions to HR handbook:

“Are you naked?” and “What are you wearing” are now acceptable messages to send to your colleagues.

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Selina

My boss calls me one day to talk business. We go over the weeks schedule, projects on my lap, and then I hear the noise…FLUSH. Then silence.
Next my boss says, “great, now you know I called you from the bathroom.”
I just started cracking up and was like “oh, that’s so funny, don’t worry about it.”
Like really, what was I supposed to say?? I still don’t know an appropriate reply?

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Hadleigh

I had a similar situation, I took an online class where we had to do Spanish interviews with the professor on a skype type situation. Well I didn’t think it was going to be video, just voice. I had my computer set up on my bed and I was getting dressed to go to school and made sure to “call” her at the exact time, well little did I know that me standing in my underwear would be on camera. I don’t think I’ve ever sat down so fast in my life. Of course the computer was on my bed and perfect crotch level. I don’t think the teacher saw anything but I just about died.

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