5 Dumbest Things You Can Do with Your Smartphone

Emily Post was a foremost expert in etiquette, so I'm sure if she were around today she'd have lots of opinions about how to conduct ourselves in this technologically advanced society. Below is a list of what I'm sure she would think are the top five affronts to good manners in our modern world.

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  1. Having a private conversation in a public area. When you're on the train, in a restaurant, or standing on line, keep cell phone calls short and to the point. Save discussions about your doctor appointment or your beef with your mother for when you get home.
  2. Writing in CAPS in an email. It's the equivalent to shouting. When you do, be sure you really mean COME HOME NOW or I LOVE YOU.
  3. Chatting at family dinners. Yes, it's OK to leave your mobile on the table in case of an emergency, but using it to chat with your sister about your new haircut alienates your spouse and sends a bad message to the kids.
  4. Turning the volume to max on your headphones. Only you should be able to hear what you're listening to when you're on the bus.
  5. Inviting others to listen in on the conversation but not introducing them. Conference calls are an excellent use of technology for both business and family discussions. But no one wants to offer opinions without knowing who else is on the line. Likewise, it's not nice to record the call without telling everyone.

Anna Post, great granddaughter of Emily, offers a modern lens on etiquette in her blog, aptly entitled What Would Emily Do?

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I admit it: I commit my own tech-etiquette faux pas. Upon occasion, I've been known to chat on my phone in the office restroom and I'm not above sending electronic thank you's. What's your worst technology habit?

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