(Closed) Which is more rude?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think ignoring the person who is in front of you is worse.  I figure that people get distracted when they are texting and not sitting waiting for my reply.  If the convo was that important, I would call them.

Post # 4
14498 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should never ignore someone standing in front of you having a conversations.  Text conversations are often interupted by something else going on.

Post # 5
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Texting is secondary to human contact. Phone calls are too 🙂 But that might just be me, I never do any sort of urgent conversing through text.

Post # 6
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree! It’s rude to ignore someone you’re talking to because you’re texting, but it’s not rude at all to not text someone back right away.

Post # 8
1124 posts
Bumble bee

Ignoring the real person is worse. The text person has no idea why you aren’t texting them back and is way less likely to get offended.

Post # 9
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think face to face conversations take precedence over text convos. The other bees made good points. The face to face convo needs non-verbal communication skills as well. If you are texting in front of them, they may interpret it as you not caring, though you really do.

Post # 10
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

yup i agree with PPs – ignoring or texting in front of the person standing in front of you is rude.  i might a real quick text that says “gotta go!”

Post # 11
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t even think this is a question!!!!

100% it is ruder to ignore the person who is right in front of you!

Post # 12
46226 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the real issue here is that you can only have one conversation at a a time.

If you need to interupt the text conversation to talk with someone in front of you, send them a quick text to let them know you will be right back. Then devote 100% of your attention to the other person.

Post # 13
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@WithoutWax: i wish the customer service dept at stores would follow this rule.  I hate when I’m in line and someone calls and gets preference over me.  Really? (sorry, pet peeve)

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