Mobile device etiquette and email rules

2 02 2011

“Have you ever been caught sleeping with your mobile device? Perhaps checking your email first-thing in the morning when you’re still in bed? Given what we know about the emotional voids that are fulfilled by our electronic devices – the search for thrill, the alleviation of anxiety and panic – our intense attachment makes sense. When we wake up we want to be greeted. When we fall asleep we want to do so knowing that all is well. The mobile phone has become the security blanket of the 21st century.” [bold is mine]

Good advice:
“Writer Farhad Manjoo crowd-sourced an answer to the “attention etiquette” question on, and came up with a great approach. He proposes, “If you’re in a situation where you’d excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone.” He goes on to suggest that, if you do feel compelled to reach for your phone, “don’t play with your phone longer than you’d stay in the bathroom.” ”

— From the 99 Percent website.

Great article. Interesting thoughts on how to control your “check-in” addiction.
See here for the full article.

Other fun stuff from 99 Percent: Rules and Etiquette for email! This is great! I like number 2: Communication action steps first, even before giving the background of it. Good idea. Wouldn’t have thought of that




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