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Have you noticed that everywhere you go people are either looking down at their cell phones or off in some dream land listening to music.  Don’t you remember the days when people would run outside or do things with just the sounds of the birds outside.  No, I am not some hopeless romantic, I actually am one of the iPoders.  More often than not you see younger people running by themselves with their iPod instead of with other people building relationships. 

Cell phones are beginning to be the same way.  There are some young people around that I wonder if they even have faces because they never look up.  All I ever see is the tops of heads.  They are always texting someone.  The thing is it isn’t only young people.  Adults are more and more becoming “antisocial” with people who are with them and “textsocial” with others. 

I guess I am one of the few around that don’t text often and don’t have internet on my phone.  Why is that?  Not because I think I am better than anyone.  It is because I am already overwhelmed with technology everywhere and can sometimes be antisocial.  These two things would allow me be to really be antisocial and stop living in the present.  Sometimes I would even like to get rid of my cell phone.  Think back to times when things could wait and not everything was urgent.

You wonder why people are lonely and more depressed than ever.  The only relationships that we have are with our technologies.

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We all know how important it is to get along with coworkers.  Here is a top 10 list I came across at Marketing Profs Daily Fix in one of the posts by Ann Handley:

1. Eating food that belongs to someone else. Or, chowing down on food others bring in to share, but never bringing the donuts yourself.

2. Talking too loud on the phone, especially about non-work stuff. Details of a doctor’s appointment, chat with your spouse… Take it outside.

3. Eating smelly food. I have two words for this one: Burnt popcorn. Wait: here’s two more: Fast food.

4. "Borrowing" supplies and never returning them. This leads to controlling behavior, like marking things like tape dispensers and staplers with name-tags, as if they are going to sleep-away camp.

5. Playing a radio loud enough for others to hear. Especially: Playing it *just* loud enough, so it presents as a persistent, tinny sound, like a mosquito loitering near your ear.

6. Not keeping cell phones on vibrate, particularly when it’s "The Mexican Hat Dance" rendered in ring tone.

7. Using the speakerphone gratuitously.

8. Shouting conversation over cubicles.

9. Playing with iPhones or Blackberrys during meetings.

10. Not taking a hint. Yes, my weekend was fine, thanks, and we’ve now covered every inch of yours, too. Now go back to your own desk and get work done, okay?

Adapted from Mental Floss and Forbes.

 

Look how many of these have to do with the phone or food!

If you can take away anything from this post watch your behaviors pertaining to food and the phone and that will go along way towards being a good coworker.