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Cell Phone Etiquette

Preemptive Rudeness Will Not Be Tolerated

Lee Gaitan | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women
Lee Gaitan

If unassertiveness training ever catches on, I will be hailed as the exalted grand poobah of the movement. I pride myself on my complete inability to be forceful, firm or aggressive.

Yagana Shah

5 Bad Behaviors From The Past That Are Now Totally Common | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty

We love our smartphones, tablets, apps and whatnot, but we have to admit, we've noticed technology has made the world a slightly ruder place. Stores n...

6 Smartphone Etiquette Fails to Avoid

BrazenWoman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women

There you are, out for lunch you can hardly taste, spending your free hour nodding blankly at your companion, constantly asking for a sentence repeat. Now and again, you smile with a Huh? face, and never at quite the appropriate moment.

How To Use Your Phone At A Dinner Party Without Offending Anyone

OWN | Posted 09.26.2014 | OWN

You're dying to Instagram that gorgeous chocolate soufflé -- is it a compliment to the chef, or a complete faux pas? And what about texting during a ...

Creating a Caring Teen Online Starts Offline with a Caring Parent

Sue Scheff | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

There is nothing wrong with wanting our children to be academically accomplished and happy, but many understand that giving to others actually brings the most joy to those that do the giving.

How To Get Everyone To Put Away Their Damn Phones At Your Party

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology

A rogue text chime during a wedding ceremony. An errant cell phone alarm during a bar mitzvah. A guest not-so-discreetly thumbing a phone under the ta...

What Your Cell Phone Conversations Inspire

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Maureen Anderson

This phenomenon isn't unique to New York, of course. But with so many more people crammed into so much less space, I decided to meditate on the lives I sampled -- and to renew a few promises to myself.

Common Indecency: Bathroom Etiquette

Greg White | Posted 05.20.2014 | Comedy
Greg White

In a world where privacy has been flushed down the drain, we need to hold on to bathroom etiquette as our last bastion for common decency.

"Waiiiiiit Take It With My Phone!" And 15 Other Inexcusable Smartphone Crimes

Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment

Let's face it: It seems that we've forgotten our manners. (No, really -- remember those? If not, call your mom. We'll wait.) In an effort to cl...

4 Ways to Get Your Wedding Guests to Put Away Their Freakin' Phones

Glamour | Posted 03.24.2014 | Weddings

Banning cell phones from your wedding is obnoxious -- Who are you? Kimye? -- and it's probably not going to happen if you have, say, celebrity-weddings bloggers or doctors or parents on your guest list.

6 Tips for Proper Social Media Etiquette in the New Year

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

As you set out 2014 with fresh goals and resolutions, don't overlook your social media profiles and activity. Your online presence can support or damage your professional (and social) image. Start the New Year off by paying closer attention to your social media presence.

Bored At The Airport? Try 'Cell Phone Crashing'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.16.2013 | Comedy

Nobody likes the person who incessantly talks on their cell phone in public. But what about the person who pranks the cell phone addicts by sitting...

Put Your Cellphone in the Brown Paper Bag (I'll Keep Mine)

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Karen S. Exkorn

Sure, I put away my own cellphone while leading the sessions, but did I really buy into the concept of being off the grid for more than a few hours at a time? Recently, I was put to the test.

In Praise of Shutting Up When You Have Nothing to Say

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

There are a lot of ways to make the world a better place. Keeping your mouth shut unless you have something interesting to say is one of them.

What Would Amy Ask? Etiquette for Young People in the Age of Cell Phones

Julie Dobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

The etiquette of cell phone use is an evolving one. When do you leave a message? When you're sitting with a group of friends is it okay to take a call, make a call, text? Are there some messages that it's just not okay to text? We adults are struggling with these questions. But so are the so-called "digital natives."

LOOK: This Restaurant Has An Incredible Cell Phone Policy

Posted 09.26.2013 | Healthy Living

At a time when smartphones have become as prevalent as napkins and forks at the dinner table, stashing them may be the key to a cheaper bill. The B...

WATCH: This Game Will Force You To Unplug At The Dinner Table

Posted 09.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Are you guilty of texting, tweeting or sending emails at the dinner table? Many of us are -- but with a new unplugging game, your poor tech etiquette ...

Please Stop Taking Pictures of Your Food

Kimberly Brooks | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Brooks

Don't get me wrong, I love food. I love nothing more than the beauty of a well-plated meal. But believe me when I tell you that no matter how hungry or excited you are about what you're about to post on Instagram and Facebook, it NEVER looks as good to anyone else as it does to you.

Digital Age Etiquette: Or, the Perils of Effortless Communication

Evan Selinger | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Evan Selinger

Etiquette has a bad rap. We're used to think of it as something old and stuffy -- gestures embodying too much class snobbery and self-serving social hierarchy to be of much value in a pluralistic democratic society.

Should Spouses Be Allowed To Check Each Others' Cell Phones?

Posted 05.30.2013 | Divorce

Would you let your spouse or significant other comb through your cell phone whenever they felt like it? It's a complicated question for many, but...

Can't You Put Down Your Phone When You're With Someone Else?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.15.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Many of us know we don't have the best phone etiquette, but more importantly, have we ever stopped to think that we're ruining our own life experiences by being consumed by a device in our hand?

To Be Where I Am

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

Is it convenient to check email anywhere, any time? Yes. Is it helpful to be able to confirm arrangements, check locations, or find someone I am meeting? Of course. But I eschew these kinds of ease for the sake of something that means more to me.

I Hate Your Job! And 3 Other Things I Wish I Could Tell You

Jill Knapp | Posted 02.21.2013 | Women
Jill Knapp

Do you have a friend who is constantly flaky or seems distracted whenever you try to have a conversation with them? Someone who made you feel like they were doing you a favor by grabbing a cup of coffee with you? If so, then you've probably thought of a few things you'd like to say.

Cell Phones at Meals: Might They Help Us Eat Less?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

A cell phone as a meal terminator is not something an etiquette expert might allow, but on the other hand, unlike cigarettes, the only side effect is a run-down battery.

'Are You Phonely Tonight?': A New Year's Resolution

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Marshall P. Duke

For many people, the Christmas and New Year holidays have been called "the hap-hap-happiest time of the year." For many, however, as we all know, they are among the loneliest.