How many times have you been somewhere and seen someone using their mobile device in a way that makes you think, “Wow, that’s so rude, couldn’t it wait?”
If you’re like me, that’s probably happened to you more than once. Instead of trying to offer a lot of advice, since I’m by no means an etiquette expert, or even remotely skilled at it, I’d instead like to offer some points and ideas to start a dialog about this topic.
One of the big questions is when it’s ok to use your phone or mobile device. Talking/texting while driving has been a hot button issue lately, where do you stand on that? What about talking on the phone while checking out at a restaurant or store?
Another question is the difference between talking and texting or emailing. I’m pretty sure we’d all agree it’s probably not very polite to talk on the phone during church or in a meeting, but does the same rule apply for texting, emailing, or doing something else that makes use of your device quietly?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, since it seems to be becoming more and more of a social issue. Also, feel free to bring up any other use cases that I didn’t mention, this is by no means every possibility.