As part of Real Simple's article on Tech Etiquette, they asked a panel of experts whether it was rude to check your PDA at a friends house. The article revealed more than just the fact that Real Simple still calls it a "PDA." Check it out:
It's all good advice. But we're fixated on the tip that email expert Schwalbe up there gave: If you wouldn't pull out a crossword puzzle and a pen in that instance, it's rude to pull out your smartphone.
So if you want to catch up on Google reader while you're riding the train to work, it's all good. But things get fuzzy when you opt to check your email while your date takes a trip to the restroom.
When in public or in the company of new people, we definitely abide by the crossword rule. But we're much more lax with supposed "tech etiquette" when in the company of close compadres.
How about you? Let us know in the comments!