Phone Addiction or Just Bad Etiquette

We all have that one friend who is ALWAYS on their phone. If they aren’t on Twitter, it’s Facebook, Blackberry Messenger, GChat or just plain ole’ fashioned text messaging…

Now Scarlet is no stranger to “staying connected” and utilizing social networking, but there is a thick line between staying in the know and just being plain rude to your guests; but where does that line start and end?

Clearly, traditional professional settings are no place for social networking/texting, but sometimes while in the midst of your friends, it’s still unacceptable. Imagine you telling your good personal friend an important story, but they are texting and disconnected the entire time. I know you have at least one friend who does this and continues to find it acceptable and quite alright.

There is nothing wrong with staying in the know and taking advantage of the perks of social networking/texting etc, but be mindful that just because you are talking to someone else via an electronic device, you are still talking to someone else. The humans around you are probably just as mindful about this.

Until next time…


I enjoy doing a lot of things, but at the top of that list is inspiring people to take action and harness their inner CONFIDENCE!! I love assisting people with discovering and reaching their full potential and I do so through the fields of etiquette and leadership. Now, I wouldn't dare say that I’m a traditional etiquette and leadership consultant. This may be a little confusing because what could possibly exude more of a traditional feeling than being a good leader and practicing good etiquette?

But my perspective and approach to leadership is more nuanced and modern. I believe that leadership shouldn’t only coalesce among our C-suite executives. Leadership can be a vast and inclusive concept, and everyone has leadership potential in their own unique way in both professional and social settings (my book, Leader by Mistake, talks all about this). I take great pride in curating and delivering classes and content that inspire people to lead wherever they are and with the tools that that they have so that they can advance to their next level.

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