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What Would Emily Post Do?: Smart Phone Etiquette

By Natalie |

It is a different world out there, people! Long gone are the days when you could leave the house and not have access to the phone, your email, or even (for the love of Harry) your Twitter feed. These days information is omnipresent, always at your fingertips, and you know, the itch to check your Instagram feed is sometimes so overwhelming . . .

There is a definite need for a smart phone standard of etiquette, I should say. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? In the middle of a long and painfully detailed story when suddenly our captive audience pauses to look down at a text message and then, while you’re still trailing on, stops paying attention entirely to reply back? And you sort of look around and wonder, “What is the proper thing to do in this situation? Do I keep talking? Is this not rude? Or is this the new normal?”

The ins and outs of smart phone etiquette: how to handle autocorrect gaffes, when is it appropriate to check your email, is it ever polite to take someone’s picture unknowingly? All after the jump!

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What Would Emily Post Do?: Smart Phone Etiquette

"Hang On, I Have To Take This"

Is it ever appropriate to take a phone call or respond to a text message mid conversation? How about on a dinner date? Emily Post says Yes! If the phone call comes during dinner, excuse yourself and take the call in another room, but only take the important calls, and set your phone to vibrate so the ringer isn't irritating to those around you. (Afraid you won't make it out before the call goes to voicemail? Answer the phone and ask, "Can you hang on a second?" until you can get away.)
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About Natalie



Natalie Holbrook is a hopeless optimist living in a tiny apartment in New York City with her husband Brandon and her fat baby, Henry August. She blogs at Hey Natalie Jean, a love letter from her family to New York City, and where she capture all the lovely little things that make up a wonderful life. Read bio and latest posts → Read Natalie's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “What Would Emily Post Do?: Smart Phone Etiquette

  1. rhonda says:

    texting and walking in front of me exceedingly slow is my current cell phone peeve. it’s right up there with talking about your personal and inappropriate business in public. i really don’t want to ever hear about a strangers weird rash or gyno visit!

  2. Jacinda says:

    great post!

  3. marissa says:

    “(Hello, Instagram addict!) (“I just have to pick a filter first!”) ”
    I relate to this all too well. all too well.

  4. eldene says:

    Great info; photos provide wonderful imprint. Not being born in the tech era, it’s nice to know it is o.k. to be the ruler of the phone and not the slave…when one chooses, of course. Have we become a phone people rather than a people people. Oh my, we do tend to take ourselves awfully seriously, don’t we.

    Great blog. Thank you

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