Evan Sellinger weighs the social consequences of the collision between technology & etiquette in an information-overloaded world. He says that etiquette norms are not just about efficiency. They’re actually about building thoughtful & pro-social character.
Relationships are fragile, and they require effort to preserve. Shortcuts won’t do; you often have to say more than just the essential facts. Viewing personal communication in overly reductive terms makes tenuous connections even more fragile.
A hundred years ago, if two people were in the same room they would be . . . in the same room. That seems straightforward.
Fast-forward to 2013. Now if you put two people in the same room, at least one of them will be texting someone who is not in the room. The mind of the person doing the texting will be, for all practical purposes, somewhere else. That person has smeared space. His mind and body are in two completely different places.
Scott Adams wonders whether our behaviour is changing how humans are evolving.
Ok, so a million letters have been typed about telephone etiquette.
I have my $0.02 worth.
Literacy or social position doesn’t educate a person. The lady on the train today was a classic example. A senior manager in a well-known organization, she is well-traveled, & is in charge of a fairly large team of people & manages a multi-million dollar budget. How do I know? Well, she practically told the entire compartment during the course of her several conversations on her “smart-phone’! No wonder they call them smart-phones now, the users definitely aren’t!