True, technology has made a huge impact on our lives but everything it has touched hasn’t changed into gold. One of the things tech-haters always moan about is that how the advent of better technology especially in the field of communications, has led to erosion of basic manners and etiquette. Obviously, Tech-lovers consider this to be complaints from the older generations who are not able to adapt themselves to this new techno age and its terms. As always, the truth lies between the two extremes.
Yes, technology has made the world a global village by helping people to communicate with their dear ones far more easily, but there are times when their users forget the people around them and the basic courtesies. They end up indulging in behaviour which is regrettable later.
Here are a few examples where tech-users tend to commit deadly mistakes:
The plugged ear
Most people have a habit of keeping their ears plugged with their iPods even while traveling with family and friends and then they wonder why everyone is silent around them. They just don’t realize that having your ears glued to the music player is just another way to communicate to others that you don not want to be disturbed.
Gadgets at public places
If I had a rupee for every time I have heard a cell phone ring at a public event, I am sure I would have become a millionaire by now. It is good that you love your phone, but nowadays people tend to keep it in a mode that is designed to disturb everyone watching a particular event. No wonder that referees in matches request the crowd to switch off their mobile phones while the game is on. But as usual this has little effect on the masses, who keep them on to draw attention to themselves while the event is going on.
Though, some educational institutions have accepted SMS abbreviations to be used by students, but there are large sections of the human populations who misinterpret informal messages which often leads to miscommunication galore. I remember hearing an incident regarding a mother who got the shock of her life when her son messaged her that he had received “gr8 grades”. She misunderstood it, and thought her son had got an eighth-level grade and had failed. A little sensitivity and sensibility is all that it takes to avoid these gaffes.