Tech Etiquette -- The Do's and Don'ts

Doug and I were laughing the other day about "two-ways" -- the original form of text messaging from the 90's.  For those of you who are old enough (I am) to remember those gadgets and the birth of the cell phone.  While I'm not about to tell you my exact age, AOL launched when I was in high school and I remember my senior year of college having intranet, where we could email others on campus.  I communicated with my parents weekly via phone, as in a phone call.  No texts or email exchanges.  How the times have changed. While I do love Instagraming a selfie with a kangaroo in Australia, there are some occasions -- from an etiquette standpoint--  that just don't warrant the connectivity.  But in the age of smartphones, the forthcoming Apple watch and cars that will dial up your best friend in a moment's notice, here are a few tips to stay both connected and polite.**

  1. Unless you live in California or you're a doctor, no phones at the table.  If you live in California, you know what I mean and if you don't take my word for it -- everyone from California uses their phone at the table so don't be offended.
  2. Don't quit a social networking site just because your mom joins.  And Mom, leave Snapchat for the kids.
  3. I understand the purpose of the selfie stick, but if you own one, you can't get mad at people who make fun of you for using it in public.
  4. Don't make fun of someone's ginormous 6 Plus -- I have a feeling the phones aren't going to decrease in size, which makes you look bad when you have to break down and buy one yourself. You can, however, make fun of someone's BlackBerry. 
  5. No virtual headsets or Google glasses in public.
  6. No texting and driving! With talk text features and hands-free headsets, one should never under and circumstance, be looking down at the phone while driving.
  7. Unless you're a food critic, only one food related photo per day on Instagram please.  When you post multiple dessert photos, in rapid succession, it forces me to hunt down a sweet treat stat, which is not good for my waistline.

** Tips are intended as guidelines and meant to provide you with a laugh or a smile only.