Digital Manners My friend puts on her headphones while I’m driving her to work.

Digital Manners: My Friend Puts on Her Headphones While I’m Driving Her to Work

Navigating the intersection of etiquette and technology.
May 2 2012 10:51 AM

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Is it rude to retreat into your headphones when catching a ride to work with someone?


This week, Slate's tech columnist Farhad Manjoo and Dear Prudence advice columnist Emily Yoffe debate the question: Is it rude to pop in your ear buds when catching a ride to work with someone?

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Podcast produced by Mike Vuolo.

Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

Emily Yoffe is a regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. 

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