Learn Tech Etiquette with "Tacky vs. Techy"

Posted by Tristan Barnum on Apr 15, 2011

Growing up you were taught that there’s a right and a wrong way to do almost everything ­- don’t chew with your mouth open, no elbows on the table, don’t  kick your sister, the fork goes on the left, etc. etc., but when it comes to tech etiquette, rules get a little fuzzy.

Is it ok to talk on the phone in a restaurant? What about texting in the movie theater or listening to an iPod during a conversation? Although these questions may seem black and white to some people, others can’t grasp the idea of social consciousness and consideration when it comes to their gadgets. In a recent Intel survey of 2,000 people, 90 percent of those surveyed were “frustrated” with how people use their phones.

To help clear up confusion, this is the first installment of  “Tacky vs Techy”, our new “tech etiquette” series that calls out the appropriate and inappropriate of how and where people use technology.

Today’s “Tacky vs Techy”is dedicated to public places people use their cells. Although usually annoying to everyone else around them, people still continue to gab (or text and run into things) without any regard for those who have to endure their ignorance. There’s a “tacky” and a “techy” way to handle every situation. Sit back, have a laugh and maybe even learn something!

Here are 7 most common cell phone annoyances and their remedies:

Think you're already socially conscious and savvy enough with your gadgets? Give us your ideas on the annoying (or brilliant!) ways people use technology and remember to check in next month to take a poll on what you think is ' "tacky vs. techy"!

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