One of the greatest things about modern technology is that people are always connected to the rest of the world. They can discreetly send text messages to anyone at any time, access the Internet with a device that fits in their pocket and share photos and videos on social media at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, this is also one of the worst things about modern technology.
It’s so easy to connect with smartphones and tablets in public that people tend to forget that there are certain situations when they should just put their devices down. There are rules of etiquette that people should be expected to follow, especially when they’re at upscale event venues for weddings or special presentations. Special events deserve a higher level of formality and respect than the average get together, suggests the GrandView, and tech etiquette should be made to fit the occasion. Here are just some things that everyone should keep in mind before they take their smartphones and tablets out at a special event.
Ask for Permission Before Taking Photographs
Phones on cameras and tablets make it very easy to snap a picture and post it on Facebook or Instagram, so much so that many people think nothing of posting pictures of a wedding for all the world to see before the actual wedding party is ready for the professional photographer. Capturing a special moment and preserving it on a Facebook wall is fine, but not when it’s done without permission. Many would say that it’s in poor taste, so it’s always important to ask for permission before taking out any device with a camera, says Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert.
Don’t Text at the Dinner Table
Sending a text message usually isn’t a social faux pas when one isn’t engaged in a social activity, but many people these days will take out their phones to text or tweet during formal dinners and presentations. Not only is the texter distracted from what is going on around them, but it’s incredibly rude to whoever may be speaking. Proper etiquette when responding to a text message, says Kevin Daum writing for INC., should be to respond at a later time or to excuse oneself if the message cannot wait.
Be Careful When Using a Tablet to Take Pictures
Tablets are capable of taking photos and videos as well as smart phones, but people tend to forget how large some of these devices can be. It’s no fun to be seated behind someone who is trying to record a video by holding up something the size of a picture frame. At best, it’s distracting and can block people’s view. Anybody who wants to use a tablet for this purpose should make sure they aren’t inconveniencing anybody near them. Otherwise, a smartphone or small camera is much better in these situations.
Turn Down the Volume
Although people are going to be less likely to carry on a loud phone conversation or use noisy apps at upscale special events, it still happens. Anybody who must take or make a phone call should go someplace away from the crowd and speak at a reasonable volume. Meanwhile, any apps or functions that make a lot of distracting noises should be muted. Nobody likes to hear loud conversations or irritating noises, especially at weddings, formal dinners and important business meetings.