Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Time and Place for Texting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Time and Place for Texting

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DEAR STEEL ADVICE: What really annoys me is when someone is texting while eating in a restaurant. I see this happen all of the time. Is there some etiquette about texting when you are eating?

-- ANNOYED

DEAR ANNOYED: A person can text till their thumbs fall off if they are eating alone or are with a group of friends who are also texting and tweeting. Addictive and gratifying, texting is wildly popular among young people.

It becomes outright rude behavior, however, if it causes a person to mentally vacate when socially engaged with another person. It implies a lack of respect and says the sender has better affairs to acknowledge. Proper etiquette demands that focus is to be where you are.

When on a job interview or having lunch with your boss it is definitely wiser to play it safe and keep the phone in the off position. Texts, thumbs and tweets need down time.

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