by implementing iPod bike bans, and we've written before about how tech can harm our health, with tips for, well, unplugging. So how to avoid becoming like the folks described in the Intel survey? Not that our own dear readers need any reminders, because we know you're all paragons of politeness. But it's a hundred small slip-ups that lead to a person from just texting at inappropriate times to using their laptop while driving, so here are a few tips to help you reset to a primary level of courtesy:
- During working hours, set your phone to be silent -- that means not even vibrate. Check it at lunchtime, if you must.
- Keep the phone put away when you're in public restrooms, elevators, etc. (Does this even need to be said?)
- When you're getting ready for a movie, turn off your phone completely, since even receiving a text can light up the screen and be distracting. Better yet, turn it off when you're standing in line for concessions.
- Consider old-fashioned etiquette rules, like removing one's hat when entering a building; the same should go for headphones or earbuds.
- Follow the "Crossword Rule" -- ie, if you wouldn't do a crossword there, don't use your tech there.
- If you see someone violating one of these "rules"…politely ask them to stop.