Etiquette Tip of the Week
Etiquette Tip of the Week: Your presence is required
Etiquette instructors are
usually haranguing people for rude cell phone use, but sometimes that little
electronic extension of our arm is used for good.
A few weeks ago I was at a
restaurant waiting for my lunch meeting to arrive. Ten minutes after the appointed
time, I realized I was at the wrong restaurant. (Now I am haranguing myself. Idiot!)
But wait: handy little
digital device to the rescue! I dialed up and apologized profusely. Our
locations were not far apart and the person gracious, so we met. Where would we
be without technology?
92 percent of us carry cell
phones, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center (Americans Views on Mobile
Etiquette, 8/26/15). 31 percent never turn them off.
The study says while using
a phone in a group “might seem rude or inconsiderate to an outside observer,”
78 percent whip out the cell phone for “group contributing” reasons. These
include getting information they thought would be interesting to the group or
reaching out to someone known by the group.
Here is the distinction
between good cell / bad cell:
30 percent, according to
Pew, admitted using cell phones to disengage from a group.
Sometimes the ones looking
up movie times for the group, sneak a peek at their messages… drifting out of
their physical world and into their virtual world. Happens in business meetings,
Another cell etiquette
breach is phone fact checking to win an argument. Especially when accompanied
by an NFL-worthy, rump shaking, victory dance. Dale Carnegie’s argument for not
arguing is still valid.
Use that little
digital device for good. But be present with the ones who are present.
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