cell phone etiquette
Thirty per cent admitted to texting and walking at the same time: Almost 23 per cent of people in the study said something
We may be institutionalizing rudeness, but increasingly it's the only productive way to work. Time to get past our misgivings about being rude and determine the proper etiquette of managing multiple conversations, on multiple devices all at once.
So many people are hiding these days behind their devices, using efficiency and speed as just one of the many excuses to avoid direct communication. I don't purport to be the Emily Post of digital etiquette, but the following are times when some form of more intimate and potentially interactive communication may be preferable to their smart phone or tablet equivalent.
According to a new study, 48 per cent of Canadian parents with children aged 11 and over now let their kids carry a cell phone. With a new school year well underway, this presents a new learning challenge for parents: How to teach their kids to use their cellphones appropriately. Not just from a safety perspective but from a "mobile manners" point of view as well.
It provides me with comfort, advice, laughs and, most importantly, companionship. The phenomenon is fairly easy to understand: Receiving an incoming email message is akin to having a note passed to you in class from the cutest boy in school. You have to look at it. Especially when you are in a situation where you can't.
The next time you are sitting down to dinner, politely request that everyone turn off their phones and put them in the middle of the table in a big bowl. Some people will belittle this experiment -- but don't listen -- they are afraid of unobstructed conversation.