Texting is a great way to stay in touch. But there are times in life when you should put your phone away – no questions asked, like, during the recent Grammy awards, where viewers were outraged because two women were caught on camera texting while music legend Glen Campbell sang his iconic song, “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
• So, what’s another time when it’s inappropriate to text? When you and your partner get romantic. According to a recent survey, 10% of the under-25-year-old crowd think it’s fine to text during intimate moments. But experts say you should never let outside distractions interfere with your relationship.
• Another place you should never text: In front of your boss, or at a business meeting. Most bosses recognize that everyone has a private life. But if you’re being paid to focus on work, typing away screams “unprofessional!”
• Next, avoid texting on the toilet. A study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that 1 in 6 cell phones are contaminated with fecal matter. So, leave your cell phone outside the bathroom.
• Another time you should never text: At your child’s recital, school play, or talent show. Almost every parent will have a camera, so you’re bound to be photographed texting instead of watching your little angel. And it won’t be pretty when they see what you were up to.
• The final place never to text: At the altar. We saw one unbelievable video of a bride who kept her BlackBerry in her wedding dress – and actually answered a text while the minister was talking! Bottom line: Your almost-spouse and your guests deserve more respect than that.