On “Tech Etiquette”

Our personal handheld devices, our Blackberries, our iPhones – they’re all turning us into social monsters.

That was the topic of this morning’s “tech etiquette” conversation on the “Today” show with Kathie Lee & Hoda. It seems like tech etiquette is becoming a more important issue now that our mobile devices are becoming a bigger and bigger (addictive) part of our lives. This doesn’t seem like a big surprise since both people’s work AND play are starting to converge on this device. Not only do our bosses and clients have access to us 24/7 through our mobile devices, now our virtual social contacts can take priority over people that are actually there in front of you.

When is giving your phone call, text, email, etc. priority over your real world experience acceptable? In my personal opinion, I would think never. But then again, I’m not a CEO, or a brain surgeon, or President who calls the big shots and needs to be reachable all the time.

Yes, I know there are times when tech needs to take precedence over the present. And in those times it’s very important to use the proper etiquette. However, the mere fact we have such tech etiquette guidelines makes me uneasy – I think it’s a problem when peopleĀ are more engaged with individuals over their phones than with people who are actually there. This should be obvious, but it’s not…?

Tech makes our lives infinitely easier, but perhaps it needs to focus on making us more human as well.

Check out the clip from MSNBC “Today” below:

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