Washington, D.C. (Vocus) April 30, 2010
Has this ever happened to you? You're having a conversation with someone, and their Blackberry goes off. They stop their conversation with you to fire off a text. Or, you're at a stoplight. The light turns green, but the car in front of you doesn't move because the driver is too busy texting to notice that the light has changed. Texting trouble cuts across all demographic and racial and social lines; even the most powerful man in the world is a victim. Yes, President Obama is said to have a bit of a Blackberry addiction.
Communications expert Susanna Theo says that texting, while it can be a useful communication tool, is also really beginning to cause big problems in modern society. She's developed a free "Keeping Civility While Texting" handbook and is making it available as a free download all across cyberspace. The head of Virginia-based Protocol and Etiquette Services says that the handbook can give you some 21st Century protocol tips on texting that Emily Post would never have dreamed of" including:
-The troubling trend of "sexting" among teens and young adults
-When it's OK and not OK to send a text during a business meeting, class, etc.
-When texting is actually a GOOD thing
-Monitoring your teens texts
-What all those texting acronyms like LOL, OMG and others mean
-Should the person you are "face to face" with always take priority, rather than the textee?
-Places you should refrain from texting (including movies, concerts, lectures, classes, driving, participating in group activities, meetings, and dates.)
Find out more about Susanna Theo at http://www.protocoletiquette.com. To request an interview and a free copy of the Keeping Civility While Texting" handbook, contact Aaron Leistner at (703) 589-8960.
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