At Last, Articulation of Etiquette for Cell Phones and I-Thingees
Further to my post about the inadvertent rudeness of modern technology, CNET’s Jasmine France has put pen to paper … er, electrons to screen and outlined some “Mobile Manners”, starting with the date.
… I can’t even begin to tell you how many stories I’ve read or heard regarding significant others’ downright rude use of cell phones, so let’s start with the cardinal rule: DON’T pick up your phone when you’re out on a date. I don’t care if you’ve been married to the person for 25 years–texting, gaming, surfing the Web, or otherwise engrossing yourself in your device while you’re supposed to be enjoying a romantic evening with a real live human is completely unacceptable.
Yikes, this had to be specified??
Her list is fairly comprehensive and addresses the check-out situation I had witnessed at Whole Foods, one probably very familiar to most everyone,
On that same tip, DON’T talk on the phone while purchasing retail items or ordering food and drinks. Be polite to both the person serving you and the people behind you in line and end your call before you reach the counter.
as well as texting while walking down the street – that’s a no-no because
We can all do without you running into us, and we’d hate to bear witness to tragedy when your distracted thumb-tapping causes you to meander out into traffic.
While Jasmine concludes with a crazy suggestion about occasionally leaving the device at home (let’s not get carried away here), she has, without doubt, performed a major public service with the promulgation of these guidelines.