I've ranted on here before about technological etiquette, or that lack thereof by many people. (See my tedious screed from 3 years ago: "A Few Snooty Words about Technological Etiquette." Man, I was really angry when I wrote that piece!) As much as I love technology and defend its unrestricted use, I think it's important to encourage social norms about proper technology use to make it less likely people will call government in to act as a nanny.
That's why I found this new "Intel Holiday Mobile Etiquette" poll so intriguing. According to the poll, which was conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Intel:
most online U.S. adults (80 percent) feel there are unspoken rules about mobile technology usage, and approximately 7 in 10 (69 percent) agreed that violations of these unspoken mobile etiquette guidelines, such as checking e-mails, sending text messages and making phone calls while in the company of others, are unacceptable.
(1) If you absolutely MUST take that cell phone call or answer that e-mail right away, try saying this: "Excuse me, do you mind if I do this real quick?"
(2) Do not EVER, under any circumstances, answer a cell phone call while you are in a restaurant, movie theater or other public establishment where relative quiet is expected. If you have to take the call, go outside.
Seriously, would that be so hard?