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How has it come to this?

I like to think of myself as a tech-savvy, hip guy. But there is etiquette to the gadgetry era that has seemed to have been deleted. This is a rant to all the folks that think answering a text while you are in a conversation with me is more important. And at what point did it become acceptable to chat with somebody who is sitting on the can? Why don’t you wait to tell about the latest gossip about Tom/Dick/Harry until you are done. And wash your hands! (Something else that is being forgotten, and instead replaced with texting while walking out the door.)

Something else that really grinds my gears is that while sitting through a spectacular show in Vegas, the guys in front of us were busy downloading and configuring their Blackberries. Couldn’t they wait until the $150 show was done? And don’t even get me started on people like these during a movie…

A report via Marketing Magazine (Retrevo Gadgetology Report) show that 49% of 10-25 year olds could be interrupted by electronic messages. 24% while “on the john”. 10% would check during sex! (I suspect this last one wouldn’t bode well for your relationship, and you’d have a lot of explaining to do).

I know that this is the information age, but I think people are a little too in touch. Personal relationships and interactions should always be more important, ditto to proper hygiene. SM is here to stay, but how about a little class eh?

Final comment: How many of you have checked your IM/texts while reading this??

3 Comments

  • redfelt13 on May 10, 2010 Reply

    Ha, nice one Corey. I wonder if the texting was to cover up the bad guy-shuffle dancing? At least is keeps the flailing arms down for a bit.

  • Corey on May 10, 2010 Reply

    Great rant, my favourite was while attending StFX University you could always catch a couple of guys on the dance floor texting away. Every night it never failed, I guess its important to have a plan B?

  • dougbrowncreative on May 10, 2010 Reply

    Good rant. My buddy and I were out for a walk yesterday and we were moaning about the ubiquity of inconsequential communication made possible by mobile devices, when he pulled out his iPhone and checked for messages. “I can’t believe I just did that”, he told me. Force of habit eh?

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