Monday, March 2, 2009

Faux Pas?

I love Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York/Orange County and Atlanta. They're wildly entertaining. I stumbled upon New York housewife, LuAnn DeLesseps' blog. LuAnne, a real life countess, claims to be a manners guru. Here are her list of Tech Etiquette:

• Putting your phone on the table when you arrive at a restaurant. All electronic devices belong out of sight.

• Making calls in elevators. Texting works best.

• Disruptive ringing. Your phone should be turned off in quiet places and meetings—switch to vibrate.

• Taking calls in the company of others is rude.

• Serial calls. Making long calls or one call after another on public transportation or in public places is inconsiderate. Some people think the world is their office.

• Talking too loudly or offensively. It is like secondhand smoke. You just can’t escape it.

• Holding a phone or text-messaging while driving. It is tempting, but taking your eyes off the road to dial, read, or send a message is just plain dangerous.

• Not being able to resist glancing at your e-mails at a meeting or restaurant. Few things are more irritating than speaking to someone who is obviously distracted.

• E-mails that never end. Keep your messages brief, especially since so many people are reading their messages on handheld devices.

I have to agree with most of LuAnn's etiquette rules, and have unfortunately broken some of these rules myself (especially texting while driving). Taking long calls in front of other people is so obnoxious, and is a huge pet peeve of mine. What do you think? Faux pas or not?


Marley said...

YES; I wholeheartedly agree with this list! I cannot stand people who have long conversations in public...or at work! And nothing is worse then taking calls while out to dinner...really. Call them back

grrrr said...

hahah i think we had a talk about this! i totally agree!