In today’s world a buzzing smartphone takes priority over anything else going on in the room, and it’s a growing pet peeve of mine. If I’m having a face-to-face conversation with someone it should have priority, yet this doesn’t hold true for a significant number of my coworkers.
Whenever their phones buzz, they turn to investigate. I would understand if they’re dealing with a business or family emergency, but with some people this is just standard behavior. Whoever is interrupting via mobile has priority. I am sure these offenders don’t mean to offend me. “I’ll just take a quick call and then get back to Yorgen, I’m sure he won’t mind.”
But I do mind. The other person multi tasked, but I was forced to wait, despite actually being in the room with them. And unfortunately this is becoming the new normal.
Read the rest of my thoughts here on my Computerworld blog.