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Etiquette Guide: Smartphones in the bathroom

Posted By Daniel Radding On Sep 19, 2012 @ 10:35 pm In Sandbox | Comments Disabled


So you’re spending some quality in the bathroom, on the porcelain. You whip out your smart phone and respond to some texts, check your Facebook and maybe shoot off a couple tweets. It’s a good use of time, we at the Clog certainly don’t expect you to sit there and ponder life as people have done for thousands of years. This is the 21st century, put that smart phone to use.

However if you’re in a public bathroom there are a couple dos and don’ts.

Do: Text your friends. What they don’t know won’t hurt them.

Don’t: Make calls. Act like you’re on a bus or in a coffee shop. Nobody wants to hear you talk on the phone, nobody.

Do: Play games. By all means! Fire up Angry Birds, Temple Run or whatever your game is. This is prime time to destroy your high score. Just do everyone a favor and turn off the volume.

Don’t: Watch videos. Don’t forget why you’re in the bathroom. Get in, get out. The cat videos can wait.

Do: Go on Facebook. This is where Facebook shines. The only thing Facebook is still useful for is desperately killing time.

Don’t: Skype. Please, just don’t, no.

Do: Tweet. There’s something about the satisfaction of tweeting from the can that can’t be matched by anything else. And like texting, no one has to know. It’s your little secret.

Don’t: Post to Instagram. This should go unsaid, but we feel that this is a necessary PSA. Browse the newsfeed, like, comment away, but don’t ever, EVER, post.

Do: Work. Again, it’s the 21st century AND we’re students at Berkeley, ‘nough said. So knock out some email. Start a paper. Write your bio for the Clog …

Hopefully this gives you idea of what is appropriate smart-phone-while-on-the-porcelain etiquette. If we missed anything feel free to add on in the comments!

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