Gadgets Stretching The Boundaries Of Etiquette?

from the who-wants-to-hear-my-ringtone? dept

Stories about technology etiquette in the workplace are nothing new, but their regular recurrence makes it look like people's manners aren't getting any better. This latest story , like most of the ones that have preceded it, sort of misses the point: it's not new technology or gadgets that's the problem, they simply just give rude people more outlets with which to show off. Technology didn't make these people rude, and if they weren't annoying their co-workers with their ringtones or their constant BlackBerrying, they'd be doing something else. While it might look like the standard for acceptable behavior is changing, it really isn't -- otherwise we wouldn't have all these articles wondering about gadget etiquette in the first place.

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    anonymous coward, 17 Apr 2006 @ 10:20am

    it all started when Bell called Watson from the bus with the immortal "Dude, that chick I hooked up with on Friday was rockin!" and it has gone downhill from there.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2006 @ 12:21pm

    office rudeness

    i work at a pretty 'uptight' and fairly strict professional work environment, which makes it all the more unusual that a couple people have extremely loud and obnoxious ring tones that they let blair thru the hall for minutes

    also shocking is that their ringtones could even be that loud, my razrv3's ring tone is pretty quiet by comparison

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    Amy Alkon, 17 Apr 2006 @ 8:50pm

    Your irritating ring

    Why does your phone need to ring at all? When I'm in a public place, I don't want to bother other people, so I put my phone on vibrate.

    Concern for other human beings? Yeah -- it used to be pretty popular.

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