Texting and Generational Differences

This week NPR (Clash of the Ages)and The Wall Street Journal (Mind Your Blackberry) covered texting and generational perspectives of its relevance and use in the workplace. It reminded me of a discussion I had with a class this spring. During a lecture on etiquette one student explained that he was ostracized for typing on his phone during the weekly owner/contractor meeting. He was actually taking minutes for his boss, but the presence of the phone was suspect. My suggestion to the class was to get a travel-sized bluetooth keyboard and use your full set of hands. The boomers running the meeting will look at your activity as innovative rather than a distraction.