These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem


Posted on September 6, 2011 by Shibley

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When living far from loved ones in a distant land, Skype becomes a helpful tool for remaining in touch, and seeing the faces of friends and family. However, I would propose several rules of public skype ettiquite, for most a more positive skyping experience for you and those seated near you. In no particular order.

  1. Wear a shirt that makes it clear you’re wearing a shirt. Nobody sitting nearby wants to wonder why you’re having naked skype in public.
  2. Look at the other person’s video feed, not your own. Why would you look at your own picture? For that just go to the bathroom mirror.
  3. Please, don’t type while you skype. You think you’re multi-tasking, really its like beating a snare drum in the ears of your skype partner.
  4. Stay in range. There’s nothing worse than having a conversation with somebody who sounds like they’re sitting on a turntable or merry-go-round.
  5. Headphones, not everybody wants to hear both sides of the conversation.
  6. Avoid the bathroom. You might be able to get away with a phone call, but remember, you’re on video now.

Obviously, these only apply to public skyping. So if you’d like to take your shirt off, sit on a rolling chair, type, and spend some time in a private restroom while staring at yourself in the mirror, by all means. If you’ve got other ideas, feel free to post.