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I know that when I’m in public areas, any work I do on my smartphone or laptop is vulnerable to the eyes of others. That’s not a big deal since I rarely text and seldom use my laptop on a plane.
But in the Wall Street Journal today, there was an article on people checking out others’ messages and documents—over their shoulders and next to them! Not only that, they had the nerve to comment on what they’d read! Here’s the story that stunned me:
Bill Fish was texting his wife on breaks during a talent show at their children’s Cincinnati school when a woman seated next to him asked, ‘Are you married to Nicole Fish?’
Assuming the woman was trying to be friendly, Mr. Fish said he was, introduced himself and said, ‘Nice to meet you,’ he says.
‘Her next line to me was, ‘I saw that you’ve sent her two or three texts, so I just had to be sure you were actually her husband,’ says Mr. Fish, co-founder of Tuck, an online resource on sleep and related products.
Does anyone else find this disgraceful? Have people invaded your privacy in this way, and have they been obnoxious enough to say so? Doesn’t anyone have a sense of decorum anymore, or even embarrassment?