19 Apr '11, 12am

Is it rude to SMS while you're having a conversation with someone?

AUSTIN (Texas) - You are at a party and the person in front of you is not really listening to you. Yes, she is murmuring occasional assent and nodding at appropriate junctures, but, for the most part, she is scanning in search of something or someone more compelling beyond you. Here is the funny part: If she is looking over your shoulder at a room full of potentially more interesting people, she is ill-mannered. If, however, she is not looking over your shoulder but into a smartphone in her hand, she is not only well within modern social norms but is also a wired, well-put-together person. Add one more achievement to the digital revolution: It has made it fashionable to be rude. I thought about that a lot at South by Southwest Interactive, the annual campfire of the digitally interested held last March. Inside, conference rooms brimmed with wireless connections, and speake...

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