We have all been guilty of this at one time or another. It’s different when it’s the phone call that just needs to be answered, the papers that have to be everywhere or the bag of chips that has to be eaten.
But when it is someone else committing these crimes against your studious ways, the call is the last thing you’re interested in hearing, the papers seem a little bigger, and the chips always sound a little louder.
A library is a place to study, to start or finish a paper or do a little research.
Taking a nap, eating with friends or talking on the phone can be done elsewhere.
Sure, it’s quiet in the library and the chairs are comfortable, but your napping causes good students to lose their study space.
If a study break requires utensils or opening a bag, do so in the atrium. No one needs to hear or smell your food.
How annoying is it to have someone plop down next to you, log in to the computer and then proceed to talk loudly on a cell phone? How hard is it to call someone back?
Etiquette coach Emily Post says, “The consideration for the rights and feelings of others is not merely a rule for behavior in public but the very foundation upon which the social life is built.”
When everyone in a 10-foot radius can hear about who had sex with whom last night, you are showing a serious lack of consideration. If your phone rings and you must answer it, do so, and then step into the atrium to finish the call.
So that covers basic computer dos and don’ts. Now, let’s talk about printers.
Simply stated, if a person is clearly in the middle of printing 100 pages worth of work, do not ask to jump in and do not be annoyed with them for beating you to the printer. There are four other printers that could use the attention.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
While churning out a project, a girl sat down next to me. Her phone rang not five seconds later so she answered it. Two minutes into the conversation, she turned and asked me if her conversation is bothering me. At that particular moment, procrastination had taken hold, so I told her to chat away.
Jennifer Boone is a senior news-editorial journalism major from Irving.