What Has Become of Etiquette?

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Here’s an interesting infographic from Expedia based on traveler surveys, and not surprisingly among the most irritating behaviors on airplanes are ones simply common to unthinking or uncaring persons in public places.  There are a couple of items unique to the increasingly tight spaces on airplanes, such as feeling the kick of the seat behind you or dealing with the unsavory scent of the “aromatic passenger”.

I’ll grant you that certain behaviors seem rude or inconsiderate because we don’t understand their basis.  For example, the passenger who displaces you frequently to go to the bathroom.  That is until you realize that a number of the aisle walkers are people who may need to keep their circulation going to avoid the perils of DVT.

But let’s face it.  Much of the etiquette that has gone out of the window in airplanes is indicative of an acceptance that almost “anything goes in public places” these days.  Que sera, sera.  Now you might think I’m just being curmudgeonly, but I’ll extend one of the inforgraphic’s irritating behaviors – Chatty Cathy combing in at 43% – https://www.youtube.com/embed/u9DNp1OrYcs” target=”_blank”>to the ballpark environment.

As you know if you’ve been reading the blog, I love the nuances of the Fall League ballpark environment.  Part of its charm is that the limited number of fans enables listening in to the dugout chatter.  The problem is, everything reverberates in a near-empty stadium including chatter from patrons who may not realize how audible they are – and Chatty Cathy is a misnomer because Chatty Charlie can be just as annoying.

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Sure I could move elsewhere in the ballpark, but why should I lose the opportunity to bond with dugout chatter or the field level benefits of melding with the game because of your obnoxious behavior?  Now don’t get me wrong.  It’s not like I expect silence in the stands – after all, part of fandom is cheering for players, or good-natured jeering of former players grazing in the coaching box.

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…. all I’m looking for is a little restoration of the lost art of etiquette.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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