Springbok747
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Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:41 pm

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:49 pm

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.
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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:05 pm

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm

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...
 
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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm

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!?
 
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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:19 pm

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.
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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:39 pm

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:55 pm

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:05 pm

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

screw 'em.

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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:16 pm

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:52 am

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.

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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:05 am

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.

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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:09 am

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.
 
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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:09 am

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.

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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:29 am

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

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Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:45 am

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:49 am

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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RE: Sunglass Etiquette

Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:01 am

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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