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How Often Do People Mirror Their Behaviors?

It is interesting to see that smartphone etiquette becomes a hot topic of these days. This MSNBC new video, once again, reminds us how “serious” the problem of lacking cell phone etiquette is.

As indicated in a recent survey, 88% respondents do not think that people take others into considerations when using mobile devices. Then, what are the top misdemeanors? Having a private conversation in a public place, using cell phones in a funeral, or in a public bathroom. Actually, the real problem is not about why people fail to acknowledge the inappropriate behaviors. It is about the fact that many of us do NOT notice we are one of those “offenders.” Now, probably it is time to ask ourselves how well we follow the smartphone etiquette.

I strongly believe that a leader needs to set good examples for his/her followers. From this story, we may need to mirror our behaviors more often. What do you think?

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  1. In today’s society technology and the proper or improper use of devices such as the Smartphone have created a new sphere or manners. The previous generation of what is socially acceptable no longer addresses our technological advances. As much as I try not to be an "offender" I myself am guilty of using my phone when I probably should not be. I think that cell phone use has become so engrained in my generation that we almost view it as an appendage. However, it is important that as society moves forward and changes we as a whole need to develop a new set of manners that address these types of issues.

    As far as cell phone use during a funeral, that is not acceptable by any means. But clearly all cell phone users do not know cell phone etiquette. I believe that it is our societal obligation to develop and reinforce proper etiquette to match the changes in our culture, i.e. cell phones.

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  2. This is such a relevant topic as I see numerous people throughout the day use their cell phones and smart phones. And not only do they use them, but use them at inappropriate times. It is simply the way that our generation is rude to others. In class, college students are often glued to their phones, texting, emailing, checking the web – all the things our new technology offers. I have even been in the middle of a conversation, or dinner when friends have pulled out their phones and started texting. On the receiving end of it, it feels rude and neglecting. Although I want to say I do not exhibit this rude behavior, I am probably one of the 90% that think they don’t, but actually pull their phone out at inappropriate times as well. In my opinion, we need to learn how to not be rude by using our mobile devices. As it mentioned in the video, it is not the new technology to blame, but our choice of how we use it. With new technology comes new responsibility.

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  3. This is such a relevant topic as I see numerous people throughout the day use their cell phones and smart phones. And not only do they use them, but use them at inappropriate times. It is simply the way that our generation is rude to others. In class, college students are often glued to their phones, texting, emailing, checking the web – all the things our new technology offers. I have even been in the middle of a conversation, or dinner when friends have pulled out their phones and started texting. On the receiving end of it, it feels rude and neglecting. Although I want to say I do not exhibit this rude behavior, I am probably one of the 90% that think they don’t, but actually pull their phone out at inappropriate times as well. In my opinion, we need to learn how to not be rude by using our mobile devices. As it mentioned in the video, it is not the new technology to blame, but our choice of how we use it. With new technology comes new responsibility.

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  4. This is such a relevant topic as I see numerous people throughout the day use their cell phones and smart phones. And not only do they use them, but use them at inappropriate times. It is simply the way that our generation is rude to others. In class, college students are often glued to their phones, texting, emailing, checking the web – all the things our new technology offers. I have even been in the middle of a conversation, or dinner when friends have pulled out their phones and started texting. On the receiving end of it, it feels rude and neglecting. Although I want to say I do not exhibit this rude behavior, I am probably one of the 90% that think they don’t, but actually pull their phone out at inappropriate times as well. In my opinion, we need to learn how to not be rude by using our mobile devices. As it mentioned in the video, it is not the new technology to blame, but our choice of how we use it. With new technology comes new responsibility.

    Ellen Bobich

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  5. I think most people who get offended by people on their cell phones, often do it themselves. The society we live in is fast pace and if your phone goes off you are going to want to check it, you don’t often realize it may not be the right time. One of my teachers will always check his cell phone while in class but he gets offended if a student does the same thing. I think that is not fair, in a social setting there should be the same etiquette rules for whoever is there. There is also the point that phones are used for many other things. I know students who take notes in class on their phones. So where does that fall under education or disrespect?
    HPM 321 Rachel Frost

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  6. I think most people who get offended by people on their cell phones, often do it themselves. The society we live in is fast pace and if your phone goes off you are going to want to check it, you don’t often realize it may not be the right time. One of my teachers will always check his cell phone while in class but he gets offended if a student does the same thing. I think that is not fair, in a social setting there should be the same etiquette rules for whoever is there. There is also the point that phones are used for many other things. I know students who take notes in class on their phones. So where does that fall under education or disrespect?
    HPM 321 Rachel Frost

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