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When you meet a friend for a meal, a drink or a movie do you constantly check your phone for emails, texts, tweets and facebook alerts? Do you need to have your mobile device sitting on the table during a meal? Do you send thank you notes via email? If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions then you Sir or Madame are an asshole. I mean it.

It is not physically possible for you to actually be paying attention to the person you are with whilst constantly looking at your phone. I often think to myself if they want to talk to the person they’re texting/tweeting/emailing so badly why didn’t they make plans with them? I was raised under the guidelines of proper etiquette; please and thank you, table manners, hand written notes, showing other respect, etc… It is not only my peers (not all of you) that I find manners are lost on it’s the highly connected Generation Z that concerns me the most.

Statistically speaking teenagers actually text more than they talk. How will that affect communication and grammar use for future generations? Does this concern no one but me? According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study 7th-12th graders report spending an average of 1:35 a day sending or receiving texts a day and devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media across a typical day. When do they actually interact?

Just to be clear I’m not against texting, it has proven to be a fantastic tool for fundraising and its uses will continue to evolve over time.

Just do me a favor when you’re with me keep your phone in your pocket or purse. Purchase some nice stationary and practice your penmanship everyone appreciates a thank you note. And above and beyond the one thing I would love for everyone to gain from this lesson in etiquette, never send an email or text when a phone call is the appropriate thing to do.

WTF

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