Post # 1
Say you’re in the middle of a text conversation with someone (an actual conversation about something, not just “hey whats up” “nm you?”) and then you get involved in a face-to-face conversation with someone else. Which would be more rude:
1) to continue to text the first person (as you are actively involved in a conversation with them) as you talk to the second IRL
2) to ignore the text conversation while you talk to the second person
Just a random question I was thinking about 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
I agree! You know when you get thinking about random things and then your mind just gets stuck on it until you ask someone? Hahaha that’s what mine was doing just now.
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
@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)