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Monday, September 19, 2011

Online Etiquette: A Call for Suggestions

I was listening to the Stuff You Should Know podcast the other day and they brought up an interesting idea. They were talking about how the internet works and the ubiquity of internet access through smart phones. Then came the lament for the loss of personal interaction since people whip out their phones at socially inappropriate times. They suggested a test to determine whether it would be rude to grab your device and check Facebook:

If it wouldn't be rude to start doing a crossword puzzle, then it would be OK to look at your phone. If you would feel rude grabbing a pen and the latest New York Times puzzler, then you should probably leave the phone tucked away.

What do you think about that? Have you ever been on the receiving end of rude phone use? How did it make you feel?

What other technology etiquette practices do we need to put in place?