Someone passed me a note on Blackberry manners. I use a Blackberry, and I am quite sure that I have never acted this way:
You’re engaged in an important conversation with a colleague when you notice his attention is suddenly diverted by an email arriving on his BlackBerry device.
As he begins tapping out a response to some far-flung correspondent, you stand by, aimlessly gazing at the ceiling tiles. Your conversation is apparently over.
Henceforth, this act of technology-induced incivility shall be dubbed a “Blackberry.” Used in a sentence, you might say to someone who discourteously ignores you: “Hey, you’re BlackBerrying me,” or “What’s with this BlackBerry treatment?”
Fact is, no other piece of modern technology has had such a profound negative impact on good manners. The basic rules of civilized social conduct developed over thousands of years are now instantly dismissed with impunity every time an email arrives in a Blackberry device somewhere on the planet.
The new BlackBerry-influenced rules of behaviour state that it is entirely appropriate to wave off friends, family, clients and colleagues mid-sentence with a brief finger point at the handheld device, the new universal gesture indicating something more important has come up.