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Is It Rude to Text During Meetings?

Texting During Meetings: Rude or Necessary?

The majority has spoken on texting while driving and texting while dining; it's not OK in either circumstance. But now text messaging has reared its ugly little head in yet another inappropriate location: the workplace. Specifically, workplace meetings.

Professor and researcher Christine Pearson has studied the effects of technology on how we treat each other at work — and written about it in a recent book and New York Times column — and the topic is catching on big time. City officials in Danvers, MA, and Provo, UT, have proposed texting bans during council meetings, and general consensus seems to be that, although most people do it, texting (and checking email and Facebook) during meetings is just plain rude.

What are your thoughts? Is texting during meetings a sign of increasing "incivility" in the workplace, as Pearson says? Or are some industries just too fast-paced and tech-oriented to keep messaging out of meetings?

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jessfish25 jessfish25 7 years
Yes it's rude. If there is an emergency, someone can be sent to the meeting room to retrieve that person. Otherwise, just suck it up & pay attention to the meeting you're in. I swear half the people pretending to respond to important emails/texts are doing personal things on their Blackberry.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
Very rude.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I personally think it's extremely rude, but then again, I don't text regularly. If something truly is an emergency, put your phone on vibrate and check to see who's calling you. If it's an emergency, excuse yourself and call the person back outside of the meeting so you aren't a distraction.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
As part of my job, I sometimes have to train new hires and there has been more then one occasion where the hire was checking their blackberry during training. Training is one-on-one and it is so completely rude. I just stare at them with a stern face until they are done. I'd say something as well but at my company, I'd probably be the one getting a talking to.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Sooo rude! But, alas, how do you get the department chair to stop doing it? ;p
skigurl skigurl 7 years
very rude!! even when executives use their blackberries in meetings I find it rude...once is okay but constantly is not okay - I don't believe every email is an emergency
luna08 luna08 7 years
So,so rude! I was giving a training presentation to my company last year, and in the second session a guy sat there slouched in his chair and texted the entire time! He also tried to argue against my points, but since he hadn't been paying attention he ended up looking like an a**...a rude a**. It's one of my pet peeves!
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