Category Archives: Human Behavior: Etiquette

7 Ways to Ruin Employee Morale During the Holidays

Assuming that everyone celebrates a certain holiday can make workers feel uncomfortable and isolated. This month, workplaces across the country are aiming to boost employee morale with loads of holiday initiatives, including holiday parties, gift exchanges, cubicle and cookie decorating … Continue reading

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People who are really good at swearing have an important advantage

Those who are liberal in their use of swear words are not the lazy and uneducated individuals they are often made out to be, a new study claims. In fact, a well-stocked vocabulary of swear words is actually a healthy … Continue reading

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Is Double-Dipping a Food Safety Problem or Just a Nasty Habit? Scientific American Weighs In

What do you do when you are left with half a chip in your hand after dipping? Admit it, you’ve wondered whether it’s OK to double dip the chip. Maybe you’re the sort who dips their chip only once. Maybe … Continue reading

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When queuing in a supermarket, who do you let go first?

Unlike cooperation among individuals that meet on a regular basis, one-shot interactions among strangers are not motivated by the prospect of receiving a favour in return. So why bother being helpful? In an attempt to shed light on the evolutionary … Continue reading

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Email response-time factors: new study

What are the chances that a person will respond to your email in the next hour? And why is the reply so terse? New study by USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers finds that email responses depend on a variety … Continue reading

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Smartphone Notifications Kill Your Concentration

Florida State University researchers have found that mobile phone notifications alone are enough to distract us from the task at hand, even if we try to ignore them. Mere awareness of a phone message notification represents enough of a distraction … Continue reading

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The strange cultural codes of powerful social hierarchies and the compelling desire to climb them

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from … Continue reading

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We’re All Terrible at Understanding Each Other: Harvard Business Review

Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Chip Wilson is not an idiot.  The founder and former CEO and Chairman of Lululemon Atheltica is, in point of fact, a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, innovator, and self-made billionaire.  Idiots are … Continue reading

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US tourists caught carving names into Rome’s Colosseum

Tourists are once again getting into trouble in Italy, with two American women caught carving their names into Rome’s Colosseum. The Californians, aged 21 and 25, snuck away from their tour group on Saturday and began scratching their initials into … Continue reading

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Parents Who Take Their Kids on Planes Don’t Owe Anyone an Apology

Recently there was an adorable news story about parents flying with their new baby and giving out a “goodie bag,” including earplugs, to passengers seated nearby in case the baby should make noise. It was not the first story of … Continue reading

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The 10 Essential Rules of Gym Etiquette

Treat others who are working out as you’d like to be treated 1. Contain your exercise equipment. Don’t leave your water bottle, towel, weights, and other equipment strewn all over the stretching area. That may fly in your bedroom, but … Continue reading

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7 Things More Offensive Than Breastfeeding in Restaurants

By Aaron Gouveia @daddyfiles I have a confession to make. Before I had kids, I was uncomfortable with moms breastfeeding their babies in public. Specifically, I thought it was offensive when they did it in restaurants. My narrow view at … Continue reading

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Patient punctuality affects clinic schedule: new study in BMJ

(Reuters Health) - Patients arriving on time for outpatient appointments make a big difference in helping a clinic to run smoothly, according to a recent study. When more patients are punctual, clinics are less likely to run over their allotted … Continue reading

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Maybe you know someone like this?

Adam Resnick, an Emmy Award-winning writer for NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, has spent his entire life trying to avoid interaction with people. While courageously admitting to being “euphorically antisocial” and “sick in the head,” he allows us to … Continue reading

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Many doctors-in-training have poor manners, and that needs to change: Hopkins study

Johns Hopkins investigators have found that doctors-in-training are unlikely to introduce themselves fully to hospitalized patients or sit down to talk to them eye-to-eye, despite research suggesting that courteous bedside manners improve medical recovery along with patient satisfaction. A report … Continue reading

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75 per cent of men SAY they wash their hands before leaving a restroom

Washington, DC (January 8, 2013) – The CDC reports that 77% of males wash their hands when leaving the restroom. Recent research, published in the journal Human Communication Research, found that this figure increased to 86% among men who were … Continue reading

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Tragedies as the subject of humor: is it ever OK?

Joking around can land us in hot water. Even the professionals often shoot themselves comedically in the foot. Last month, comedian Jeffrey Ross’s routine at a roast of Rosanne Barr was censored when he joked about the shooting in Aurora, … Continue reading

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