Are cell phones making people 'rude'? Why or why not?

Truthfully, I believe they do. From a psychological perspective its bringing people to a world where we do not see the need to communicate unless its through technology. I can see the difference in my son's behavior after using his phone for a long period of time. In public everyone is staring at their screens with no regard

How old should someone be before referring to people at least a decade older by their first names?

My dad was in the military, so I was raised in that environment. My parents were also bridge players, so I met a large number of military and their dependents who were also bridge people. Every man (and some women) of my parents' acquaintance was in the military or a military dependent. Those in the military had earned

What are some unwritten social rules everyone should know?

If someone offers food they made themselves, always accept (unless you have allergies).If you are going to the supermarket with someone and they only want to buy a few items, don't use the opportunity to do your weekly shop.When cutting cake for a group of people, never give yourself the largest slice.If you are borrowing someone's phone

How old should someone be before referring to people at least a decade older by their first names?

My dad was in the military, so I was raised in that environment. My parents were also bridge players, so I met a large number of military and their dependents who were also bridge people. Every man (and some women) of my parents' acquaintance was in the military or a military dependent. Those in the military had earned

How long can we live without etiquette?

I'm a fan and follower of etiquette. Briefly, etiquette is making others feel comfortable. With the arrival of Trump, these behaviors have been turned upside down. We are now living in a world where etiquette is fake. How far he will take us on this road of

How to manage a person that wants to converse in a public bathroom

First, if you're a woman, this is not an issue! Complete strangers talk about their life secrets or just have a laugh in the bathroom. That's why we take so long!If you're a guy, this is an issue! I'e had some guys tell me some really bizarre stories about complete strangers striking up conversations

What are the pros and cons of being a gentleman?

This is my personal opinion and I quite possibly be wrong in some cases. Pros1. They respect most of the woman, I would say 98% of them, and know about their comfort/discomfort, and also prefer to actively work

How long can we live without etiquette?

I'm a fan and follower of etiquette. Briefly, etiquette is making others feel comfortable. With the arrival of Trump, these behaviors have been turned upside down. We are now living in a world where etiquette is fake. How far he will take us on this road of

Why are we women scared to fart, even when in a public bathroom?

Women are often trained since a very young age to consider certain bodily functions impolite. Passing gas is one of those. Many may not consider public toilets especially private places. I've worked in companies where it was considered rude to actually have a bowel movement in the main women's restroom. Of course passing gas when

Why are some atheists so nasty and rude?

I may be one of those that you are talking about.I have many devoutly religious friends whom I respect greatly. I am often impressed with the intelligence and with the insight of religious people, especially people like scientists and the Pope, even envious that I

Can you give me a compliment?

It's Friday wherever you are. Go out and enjoy this day. Go do something you have not done before and try to meet someone new. Tell them some dude on Quora told you to do it. Then explain what Quora is. Thank me later ;)

What can I legally do to a Filipino who is rude or racist to me?

Well if your in his country, you can leave and take your tourist dollars with you.Since thus person was merely rude but didn't break the law, you don't actually have a legal recourse.Third and least likely, yih can reflect on what actions thag may have caused this situation and strategize how to avoud a repeat in thd future.Bwah

What is wrong with being polite?

As I wrote in my previous answer, politeness in politics can lead people to become disengaged. Most people can't attend debates or speeches or office hours in person, so they rely on the media to deliver the news and interpret it for them. The big media producers - CNN, MSNBC, Fox, etc - are

Is it ever appropriate to tell a woman she has too many children?

Well, if is acceptable to tell a woman she has too many children, then it should be acceptable to tell the man, he is having too much, unprotected sex, right? How can you find fault with the woman, that is raising children (often single handedly), that were the product of both the

What is it like to be gracious? How does one become gracious?

Let's look at some synonyms for the word gracious: courteous, polite, civil, chivalrous, well mannered, mannerly, and decorous. I would also add respectful to that list. To be gracious is to extend these behaviors to all people regardless of their socioeconomic standing, skin color, gender identity, or any other marginalized groups.Graciousness is a function of class but unrelated

Why do some people go to the bathroom and leave the bathroom door open?

I hate when someone does that. I see that the bathroom door is left ajar and think that no one is in there so I open the door and there's someone in there using the toilet with his pants down around his ankles!I also hate it when someone finishes using the bathroom and then closes the door.

What is it like to be gracious? How does one become gracious?

Let's look at some synonyms for the word gracious: courteous, polite, civil, chivalrous, well mannered, mannerly, and decorous. I would also add respectful to that list. To be gracious is to extend these behaviors to all people regardless of their socioeconomic standing, skin color, gender identity, or any other marginalized groups.Graciousness is a function of class but unrelated

What is wrong with being polite?

As I wrote in my previous answer, politeness in politics can lead people to become disengaged. Most people can't attend debates or speeches or office hours in person, so they rely on the media to deliver the news and interpret it for them. The big media producers - CNN, MSNBC, Fox, etc - are

How can one be more gracious?

PREFACE: The article you linked seemed to be more towards the act of caring rather than being gracious. Caring is an aspect of being gracious, but I think you can do one better than just follow that list.I've been thinking of a way to help here, but being

Is it appropriate to stare at a pretty woman?

There are two main issues with your question. 1.   Staring at anyone, for any reason, for any extended period of time,   causes anxiety. They don't know who you are or what your reason are.  At the very least, they might be worried there is pimple or stain or something,  and at the very

Is it ever appropriate to tell a woman she has too many children?

Well, if is acceptable to tell a woman she has too many children, then it should be acceptable to tell the man, he is having too much, unprotected sex, right? How can you find fault with the woman, that is raising children (often single handedly), that were the product of both the

Why do some people go to the bathroom and leave the bathroom door open?

I hate when someone does that. I see that the bathroom door is left ajar and think that no one is in there so I open the door and there's someone in there using the toilet with his pants down around his ankles!I also hate it when someone finishes using the bathroom and then closes the door.

What are the rules of elevator etiquette?

I faced an interest elevator etiquette challenge Oct. 17, 1989, the morning of California's Loma Prieta earthquake. At around 8:15 a.m. I entered an elevator in the parking garage at the San Jose Convention Center in order to reach the

Is being the "customer" an excuse to be rude to the person who is serving them?

No, for a number of reasons. My father in-law embarrasses us regularly with his snark at the waitstaff. Sometimes it's deserved, but that's rare.He thinks because he's in his 70's that gives him carte blanche to do whatever he pleases. It's pretty shameful.Plus, who in the world thinks that insulting or demeaning

What was the etiquette of greeting in medieval France and Germany. Did unequals exchange greetings?

As an anedocte, it is said that modern military salute (flat right hand raised towards the forehead) comes from the greetings of knights who would use their right hand to raise the visor of their helmet, hence showing their face to their knighty fellow (see Salute ).

What is the proper etiquette for introducing someone over email?

Generally speaking, yes. And a good test for if you should ask permission is if you have any hesitation about making the introduction without the permission. So posting the question on Quora would qualify as hesitation. Thus, ask permission first.---On a separate but related note, there is a good piece of etiquette that

How does one become a classy man?

Classy is being honourable in one's pursuit. Classy men or women are conscious of what they are doing. Classy is not superficial, classy goes deep in your being. You hold yourself with dignity and have clear idea of your values in life.Please don't confuse being classy with extravagant, classy is your personality. I have

What are your 'don'ts' in a fine dining situation?

Chef pet peeves (avoid if you want decent food):well-done meat (because they will sometimes microwave it, since you apparently have dead taste buds)tons of substitutions (one or two... maybe okay, if you make it clear that you have a serious food allergy, but you're

If a restaurant suggests 18%, 20%, or 22% as a tip, is it mandatory to tip at least 18%?

You are wrong only in the sense that asking for anything is wrong. A tip or gratuity should be earned. It is widely accepted the word

What the proper etiquette in dealing with a bathroom attendent?

You are damned if you do and damned if you don't right? Yes, but in your view only. I helped a relative out for one night a couple of years ago working as a doorman/security/gopher in his club and got

Is it proper etiquette to order her drink and entree before she arrives?

Proper etiquette dictates that you treat your date with consideration and respect.Etiquette also dictates that your date be poised enough that she doesn't need to gulp down a drink as soon as she arrives. It could be insulting to imply otherwise.An enjoyable part of a dinner date is often the chatting over an aperitif, commenting on the menu, getting

Is tipping necessary in Canada?

I worked many years at both tipping and non tipping places.  I never expected a tip but sure appreciated when I did the extra's like making a special drink or getting your order that was not on the menu or with the chef coming up

How often do Uber drivers receive tips from passengers?

Maybe around 10% of the time. Some nights I'll get no tips, while other nights I might get a couple. Most customers seem to think tips are included in the fare that Uber charges, but this is most definitely not the case. Just the other night I had a really awesome customer who

Why do waiters have to tip out the bus boys from their tips in Chicago?

Because it's not specifically illegal, and the restaurant wants to avoid paying bussers more than minimum wage.Because waiters typically receive tips, they can be paid $2.15 an hour instead of minimum wage. Bussers, hosts and cooks are paid above minimum wage because they don't receive any tip. When a restaurant

May I tip 10 to 12 percent in US restaurants?

May you? Yes. Should you? No. It's just not that standard, as onerous as the concept of tipping is for many people. It's just the way it is. Plus, as someone else pointed out, but to flesh it out a bit, when a

What political calls did you get wrong?

If you had told me as a student in Edinburgh circa 1990 that we would have had a power sharing executive in Northern Ireland comprising of the DUP and Sinn Fein and a majority SNP government in Holyrood, I would have laughed in your face.I thought Tony Blair would make a lousy Prime

Does a restaurant actually pass on the tip to waiters?

This does happen within the industry. My career started in Canada and whilst the places I worked for saw the employees get 100% of the tips I heard many stories where this wasn't the case. I live in the UK now and the bulk of my restaurant experience is over here. Over here tipping isn't as common as it

What is classy if you are a dog, but trashy if you are a cat?

BarkingDog: ‘Aww look at my Fudge! What's troubling you my favourite little pup? It's ok, Mummy is here! Go and fight that cat! How cute that you're interacting with me! I love you too!'Cat: ‘What's the vet's number again?'Sniffing people's hands so they get used to their scentsDog:'Awwwwww he wants to

What does it mean to be 'classy, not trashy'?

It means, (among other things), looking well groomed rather than unclean, shabby or overtly sexualcommunicating feelings politely rather than being rudebeing tactful in communication rather than tactless, keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum rather than getting blind drunkeating just enough without making too much noise  rather than audibly scoffing down food.This, of course, is what

Is it ok to ask restaurant for more complimentary bread?

First it is not correct on anyone to ask for any complimentary items that too food items like bread. Asking is your right but majority of them will deny and demand payment. A busy outlet with huge demand may oblige to you for complimentary bread, but not all outlets. It depends on so many factors.The

Is it acceptable to request to takeaway leftovers after a meal in Europe?

[This is a comment, not an answer. Europe is an entire continent where tens of languages are spoken and cultures and social practices vary enormously. If you could specify which countries you are travelling to, people would be better able to respond! Although of course the European Union has pretty strict food safety practices that are supposed to apply

Is it disrespectful to ask someone you're dating if they're a sociopath?

It won't do any good. They don't know they're sociopathic. This person will just accuse you of being one.You have to determine that by the signs of a sociopath:#1) Sociopaths are charming. Sociopaths have high charisma and tend to attract a following just because people want to be around them. They have a "glow" about them

Is it inconsiderate to go to a restaurant a few minutes before closing time?

In my personal experience, I can tell you it probably varies depending on what establishment you're going to.My last job at a local bar/tavern was very adamant on serving up until the very last minute. You could walk up to the register at 8:59pm asking for a double cheeseburger meal, and we

What is the customary amount to tip in Japan, and would it ever be considered offensive?

You are not supposed to tip, in general. However, if you go to a traditional Japanese-style Inn or have very traditional Japanese dinner (懐石料理, kaiseki, Kaiseki - Wikipedia) at a ryotei (luxurious restaurantRyōtei - Wikipedia), some people give tips.But they usually

As someone who receives tips when someone doesn't tip you and the same person returns and you wait on them again do you give them a lower level of service than you normally would?

It's not ethical or professional, but there was a customer I treated poorly. He and his girlfriend had come to the restaurant a few times. Our servers were fine. In fact, I even heard him compliment the service once. Both times, the servers said he didn't tip at all.So, one day He and his girl