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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Is it considered rude to talk to someone with your sunglasses on? This was brought up today by one of my classmates from China, who says it is considered to be "extremely rude" in his culture.

Well..is it? I had never even thought about it...and honestly speaking I talk to people all the time with my sunglasses on...especially when we are outside..and its sunny.
So what do you guys think?


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

While inside maybe, because aside from a medical condition, there really isn't any need to wear them in doors.

This is honestly the first time I've ever heard of this subject.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3245 times:
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I've never heard of this, but what I think is totally stupid is wearing them on top of your head, especially when actually out in the sun!


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User currently offlineTexasaggie From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

I generally remove my sunglasses when I'm talking to someone, unless it's really bright, in which case I apologize for wearing them.

I don't like talking to people who are wearing sunglasses, so that's why I take mine off...


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8440 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
I've never heard of this, but what I think is totally stupid is wearing them on top of your head, especially when actually out in the sun!

Duh! Fashion! Hello!?


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
So what do you guys think?

When I work landscaping for 5 months of the year I wear them starting at 6:45am, and I have a nice pair that I find very comfortable, I wear them for two reasons, one for safety (those line trimmers can throw rocks up at your face and have been known to blind people), and secondly, to block out the sun. I've been known to still be wearing them at 10:00pm because I just don't even notice them on my face anymore.


User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

Well,

I wear my sunglasses at night so I can watch you weave, then breathe your story lines.

And I wear my sunglasses at night so I can keep track of the visions in my eyes.

But that's just me.


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User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
from China, who says it is considered to be "extremely rude" in his culture

This statement answers your own question. Apparently it is "extremely rude" in his culture. This is what is called cultural differences.

Another example: I always sit with my feet up on my desk or on a chair, except when I 'm dealing with someone from the Middle East. Very rude, even insulting there.

Personally I only remove my sunglasses when I am indoors or in a shady enough area when I'm talking to someone. Oh, and always when pulled over by a police officer.



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9304 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
So what do you guys think?

screw 'em.

snap snap.

girl.

boom.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13519 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
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Quoting Fr8Mech (Reply 7):
Personally I only remove my sunglasses when I am indoors or in a shady enough area when I'm talking to someone. Oh, and always when pulled over by a police officer.

So I take it you get pulled over quite a bit, then?  duck 



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3122 times:

Quoting Texasaggie (Reply 3):
I generally remove my sunglasses when I'm talking to someone, unless it's really bright, in which case I apologize for wearing them.

 checkmark  Same here.

I always look people in the eyes when I am talking to them so I will give them the chance to do the same with me. When it is really bright then I keep my sunglasses on, my eyes are very light sensitive because I am wearing contacts.

Patrick


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3106 times:

I hate the things. I never wear sunglasses except for when I am driving and the sun is low in the sky or there is very bright diffused light.

Its not very courteous to wear sunglasses...

Quoting Texasaggie (Reply 3):
unless it's really bright, in which case I apologize for wearing them.

And wearing your sunglasses on your head is indeed so faux, so nineties.

 bouncy 



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User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3099 times:

i would never wear my sunglasses on my head. mostly becuase i am worried that my giant head and hair would stretch the frames. i also cannot control when i laugh and throw my head back, so the glasses fall off. i dont spend good money on sunglasses to treat them like that.

second, yes i take my galsses off when speaking with someone if i am discussing something of some import. with friends? eh, who really cares.

eye contact is key to making any point so if the situation warrants, they come off.


User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3099 times:

If I am checking in the spring breakers, especially the ones that are still wearing floridian clothing, sunglasses are great. But otherwise, sunglasses are not acceptable unless outside where they may be necessary.

XJR



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8701 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3080 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
Well..is it?

I think it is. I look people in the eyes when I'm talking to them, so unless it's really bright or the person wearing the glasses has a reason for wearing them (hangover, headache etc.) he or she is being rude.

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
what I think is totally stupid is wearing them on top of your head

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark 

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
Duh! Fashion! Hello!?

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." - Oscar Wilde



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 3049 times:

You cannot judge what is rude or not rude by what passes for good manners among a crowd of buds all the same age, economic class and social standing. Example, a bunch of twenty-somethings might well say "shut UP!" to one another and it would not be rude. But there are lots of cases where it would be extremely rude.

Wearing sunglasses hides your eyes. Whether YOU agree with this or not, hiding your eyes from another during a conversation makes you suspect; untrustworthy.

When I used to wear sunglasses and all my friends did too (military issue AOs) none of us took them off unless a person of higher rank (civil or military) came around. That has been my guideline to this day. Which means I too take them off if stopped by a cop. Let the man read your eyes, it eases tensions.

If in doubt take them off. You will NEVER offend anyone by taking them off. You MIGHT offend one person in fifty if you leave them on. If that matters - well, you make the call.



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User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 3044 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
So I take it you get pulled over quite a bit, then?

Not in a long time, 3 years was the last one. But, off they came even though I was facing the eastern sky, bright and early one morning.

It's situational. I tend to leave them on for my comfort but will remove them if I feel the it's warrented or if the person I'm talking too removes his.



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

I generally take them off if I'm talking to someone - unless we're outside and it's a bright day and sunglasses are clearly warranted.

One place I always take them off is at the border. I don't want it to appear that I'm hiding anything and if the border inspector has to ask me to take them off it might set the wrong tone, so they always come off when I am the first car in line.



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