Of all the various etiquette guides to emerge with prescriptions for the inaugural class of Glassholes, there has been one recurring piece of advice that probably won't please Google: The most polite thing a Google Glass owner can do is not wear Google Glass at all.
The desire comes around at a certain time of year, when it's just starting to get nice, when the office workers of America and beyond have been cooped up for too long, too long, in the too-hot or too-cold confines of their offices. Working outside! Can we work outside today?
Drinking in the office is really not all it's cracked up to be. Drinking in the office sort of sucks, and not only because none of your coworkers are Roger Sterling and Don Draper.
It may be the chorus most heard in these modern times: technology and the way we use it has killed etiquette entirely. (Thank you?). Fortunately, the good people at the New York Times have set to work debunking this theory. Etiquette is everywhere. Is it still etiquette, though?
What are you doing tonight? Will you be breaking bread at a table at a fine dining establishment with 16 of your closest friends? Are you—horror of horrors—invited to a group dinner? Get out of it now; call in sick; leave the country. Run, run, far, far away, as fast as you can. Group dinners are the worst.
There are behaviors more shameful on Twitter than simply asking for a couple more followers, please.
So, what's an old fogey to do about Spring Break? I enlisted the help of a few current (or recent, or once upon a time-ago) Spring Breakers to explain.
It's been more than two days since The New York Times declared the end of nice when it comes to voicemails and emails and more, and now the thundering contrarian herds of mean are coming for your salutations. We have to say, politely, that these prescriptions on how not to communicate have gotten a little out of hand.
New York Times writer Nick Bilton had a massive freakout, from email and voicemail to giving helpful advice and, yes, saying "thank you" to another human being. This particular etiquette denier needs to take a chill pill, but the "right" way to reach out to people has become more complex.
Just in time for the first holiday of 2013, here are all, or at least a few, of your most pressing New Year's Eve questions, and some answers, for the night ahead. You're welcome.
Thursday's lunch, between a couple of men who didn't seem terribly keen on each other just a few weeks ago, brings up a host of modern-day etiquette questions. Here, we do our best to answer them.
With the crowds and the rules and the funny smell, we can all agree that airports can be pretty horrible places. But that doesn't give you a free pass to be a horrible person.
New research says that even Facebook, where we use our real names and identities, makes us behave terribly. Is the Internet really making us so awful, or were we, perhaps, just bad to start with, and getting worse? We discuss.
Hark, a new entry in our ever-growing list of questionable marriage proposals! In this case, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, pilot Ryan Thompson proposed during a sightseeing flight with his girlfriend by claiming that something was wrong with the plane.
Today The New York Times offers some solutions to an issue of etiquette that you may have confronted this summer, or perhaps another time of year, if you're popular or have a great house in a great location. Are people always wanting to stay with you, and you don't want them to, and you don't know what to do about it?
Today in Sweatiquette, our summer advice column, we get another spate of air conditioning debates — dividing the bill with an A.C.-happy roommate; saying no to sex when there's no A.C. — plus, how to work a sweater in the summer; and how to handle first-date sweat.
In this Friday's Sweatiquette, there is a theme. Air conditioning questions, they abound! There's a little bit of anger, too. I guess it's that time of year.
Today in questions of summer etiquette, we take on guests who expect lodging; the ethics of outdoor boozing; hot, wet hugs; and how to tell a friend you're interested in some summer lovin'.
While we love summer and simply cannot get enough of its charms, it has come to our attention that not everyone is completely thrilled with the hottest season. To help you weather it, we're taking on your most pressing questions — to beard or not to beard? Do clear bra straps count? — in our new Friday column.
We're not here to pass judgment on why you wound up in police custody, but it may happen, and you should know how to comport yourself while getting arrested and once you're in a holding cell.
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your fiveminutes (or less) of attention. Today: The only adult puppet in the room is running for president, the 'Shit Girls Say' parody to end all 'Shit Girls Say' parodies, and The New York Times wants to improve your texting and walking skills.
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