nickwar wrote:Actually I happen to think yours is the juvenile viewpoint. Who cares what I'm looking at for 2 seconds to check the time. I would be willing to guess half the people who say it's rude to check your cell phone time in a meeting have never actually been in a meeting. The point is -- who cares whether or not you're looking at your watch or your cell phone for 2 seconds; you're still not listening.
You're dealing with people of previous generations in the legal profession. Checking a watch says nothing aside from keeping up with the time. Checking a cellphone says a lot. You ever see someone alone in a bar on their smartphone? They are shutting themself off from their surroundings because they feel insecure. Looking at a watch is nothing like that. You're checking the time and that alone, unless you sigh/mutter or something like that.
Regardless of whether it's commonplace to use a cellphone for the time, it's still rude. A lot of people these days curse a lot and send text messages instead of calling, e-mailing or heaven forbid sending snail mail. That doesn't mean it's somehow alright. A lot of kids are attached to their freakin iphone or w/e like it's their lifeblood. Someone said to me the other day they don't know how they lived without their iphone. Uhhh you got up in the morning, ate, worked and slept? It's ridiculous.
There is no shortage of studies self-entitled the newest generation is:
These are the same mouth-breathers who infest this forum and think it's OK to check your cellphone in business situations. Your mindset, friend, is the juvenile one. Go eat a bowl of AIDS.