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Old 01.11.2011, 19:05
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Yakking or texting on a mobile phone has nothing to do with "culture" - it is just sheer bad manners and lack of etiquette - the same as people who belch loudly and openly in public..... or fart silently......or loudly.
Objection, Your Honor. Have you ever spent nine hours on a transatlantic flight after having been treated to a Tex-Mex bean soup the evening before? And it was not just a bean soup, it was part of the party that one of your dear friends threw to bid you farewell, so you couldn't say no... I can tell you from bitter experience, that's NOT a matter of bad manners. That's natural powers at their worst.
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Old 01.11.2011, 19:57
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Yakking or texting on a mobile phone has nothing to do with "culture" - it is just sheer bad manners and lack of etiquette
nope different people/places have different accepted norms of behaviour.
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Old 01.11.2011, 20:08
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In my first job at ABB the big boss of the plant in Lenzburg was a Swede. He had this thing about being interested in people and friendly to them and would walk around and randomly sit next to people to ask how they were doing. I was setting up an experiment in the lab one day when he walked in and started asking about the experiment I was setting up so I started explaining it to him. He looked interested and even asked some semi-intelligent questions but in the middle of me talking he picked up his mobile phone, tapped a number and started talking to somebody about some totally unconnected topic. One of my colleagues told me that had actually happened to them in their job interview. That was scary. But what was even more scary was that this guy was receiving heavy praise from other managers for his motivational skills.
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Old 01.11.2011, 20:22
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Well, in defense of the gross generalizations that expats tend to make, we could all stop being such bad little cultural anthropologists if the "indigenous people" would just pop on a smile and talk to us sometimes.
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Old 02.11.2011, 13:45
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nope different people/places have different accepted norms of behaviour.
here in Geneva, we have people from so many different cultures and backgrounds that questions of etiquette and good manners can get tricky.
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Old 02.11.2011, 13:57
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here in Geneva, we have people from so many different cultures and backgrounds that questions of etiquette and good manners can get tricky.
which is why, more cosmopolitan places, hopefully, are more tolerant and considerate instead of having a 'my way of thinking is the only right way and if i think you are being rude, then you are the one that needs to change' kind of attitude.
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Old 02.11.2011, 14:39
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which is why, more cosmopolitan places, hopefully, are more tolerant and considerate instead of having a 'my way of thinking is the only right way and if i think you are being rude, then you are the one that needs to change' kind of attitude.
or not.

If you go to a place like Japan and get away from the tourist traps, you'll probably be the only non-Japanese for miles. People talk to you all the time and want to know why this or why that. You can explain things to them and they are interested and understand and thus won't be offended if you inadvertently do or say something that you shouldn't do or say. In a cosmopolitan setting that deosn't work. You just ignore people who are different That doesn't breed understanding but breeds parallel societies in which each has a misperception of the other.
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Old 02.11.2011, 14:48
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In a cosmopolitan setting that deosn't work. You just ignore people who are different That doesn't breed understanding but breeds parallel societies in which each has a misperception of the other.
i guess this depends largely on the person. if you are friends with these different people, then it would be a little strange to ignore them.
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Even worse when people bring a laptop or iPad and tap away ignoring you over dinner
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