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5 Places You Should Never Use Your Laptop

Updated on March 4, 2008

If you are never quite sure what is appropriate and what is not in life, then this article is for you. Laptop computers are super convenient because you can take them with you anywhere you go. You can take them on the airplane, the public bus, and the train. They can be used on a park bench, in a coffee shop, or at the library. Laptops come in different sizes and weights, making some easier to carry around than others. The possibilities are endless.

However, this doesn't mean you should use your laptop everywhere. There are some places that are completely inappropriate to use your laptop, and you need to be aware of that. In fact, there are at least five places you should never use your laptop.

In the Car

You might get away with using a laptop in your car if you are not driving. But if you are driving, do not even think about touching that laptop. Seriously, there is no way you can type or surf the internet while safely driving. You don't want to be the reason they put "Laptop Free Driving" legislation in place, do you? When it comes to driving, keep your hands on the wheel, not on your computer. I know you might want to check the traffic conditions while on the road, but doing so with your laptop will probably make you the cause for a lot more traffic backups.

In the Theater

It doesn’t matter if it is a live theater or a movie theater—don’t do it. First of all, it is simply rude to be typing away on your computer in a venue like this. Second, even if you type quietly, the light from the screen will be a distraction to the other people in the audience. If you enjoy being pelted with milkduds and cups of soda, go ahead and do this. But don’t say I didn’t warn you when the big guy sitting behind you tosses you out of the fire exit door within the first twenty minutes of the movie. I’m guessing you won’t get a refund.

In Church

You shouldn't even bring your laptop to church with you at all, but definitely don't pull it out during mass. I don't care if you are bored, it is completely unacceptable to use your computer during a church service. Keep the laptop closed and turned off until you leave the building. And, no, doing internet research to refute what is said during the sermon still doesn't give you the green light.

On the Toilet

If you insist on using your laptop while on the toilet, just never, ever tell anyone. Definitely don't use Skype with your webcam while doing your business. I shouldn't have to say it, but (unfortunately) I do: don't use your laptop while using a public bathroom. They do not make self-sanitizing laptops, so just don't do it. It is completely disgusting to bring something like that into the bathroom with you. There really is no point. I mean, what are you thinking?

In the Bathtub

Would you use a hairdryer while taking a bath? Uh, no. So don't use your laptop while taking a bubble bath (or even a bubbleless bath). It simply isn't cool or safe. I know a lot of people read while relaxing in the bathtub, but they read books! Not websites. Even if you are sure you can balance it nicely on your knees or the edge of the tub, just don't do it or you could end up with quite a shock. Literally.


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      Jose Misael Polanco 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Going on the 5 places and all i have to say is i just can image what a person with his laptop will look like to other people in those places. I take my laptop every where with me but i just do not use in some places. I do use it almost everywhere else. There is only one place where not using a laptop in an event is disrespectful, the Apple event where the Apple company announces its new coming products.

      I do take my laptop everywhere with me but just try to use more common sense to where i can use and where it does not fit in.

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      thatguy 4 years ago

      i use mine on the toilet every time... judge me

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      jo90 5 years ago

      I've broken so many of these rules! I'm using my laptop in the bathroom right now, oh no! Although it's my bathroom, certainly not a public restroom. And I've used my laptop at a live theatre! Although...that was to run Qlab, a sound software needed for the show. I've also used in church, though again it was running QLab on our "Music Sunday" for microphone settings. Also I have used it while driving many times, before you freak out about this one I'll explain, I am NOT reckless driver. My laptop has a GPS locator, and I can use it for GPS navigation. The large screen is very useful if I have to make a quick glance, and it has no repeating cost, I just paid $15 for the map software and the updates are free. I never type in the car unless I'm at a red light, or as in one case where I got lost on the highway while pulled over.

      That just leaves in the bathtub. I've never done that, and I can't really think of any possible excuse for that one.

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      Melissa 6 years ago

      I know this is an older post but the idea of computers in church TOTALLY depends on your church. In my parents stuffy old church, NO WAY! In my 30-40's something church, ABSOLUTELY! I'd say at least a quarter of the congregation has their lap tops open TAKING NOTES during the sermon. In the college aged group the stats have to be closer to 75%!

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      karly 6 years ago

      Omgosh imm sitting on the toilet right now O.o

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      6 years ago

      there are more bacteria on a computer keyboard than a toilet seat

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      Lol, I love bringing my laptop into the tub and bathroom.

      But really?! Bringing your laptop into a movie theater?! Who would do that?

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      James 6 years ago

      well, after reading the comments I can see that I'm not the only one who violates #4!

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      Christian 6 years ago

      im using my laptop on the bathroom right now LOL :D its cool

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      Ashlee 7 years ago

      I googled "using your laptop in the bathroom" to see what would come up. I am currently writing this from the good ol' bowl. :D

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      ameen 7 years ago

      i was about to take my laptop with me to bath but i gues i wont haha..... tnx for the tip

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      Kayls 7 years ago

      LOL I was pooing when I read this.

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      chantelle chenard 7 years ago

      laptop on the counter or on the toilet while in the tub you can use webcam and mic with msn and talk hands free.

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      shana 8 years ago

      Well.... duh... and personally, I don't see what's so great about this "hub" anyway. All she did was state the obvious. There was nothing special about the way in which it was written either... Eh, just MHO though.

      *Carry On*

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      im doing a crap 8 years ago

      Im reading this in the bog :D :D :D: D: :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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      day400 8 years ago from Crestview, Florida


      I'm new at and I saw your article.

      I'm a realtor and I just put my listing presentation on it. Thanks for the information. Your article is very useful and funny.

      When I use it in my car, it is after I stop at the appointment. I always arrive 10 to 15 minutes before A. time so I can go over it once before I go in.

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      babybrownfox 9 years ago

      hhhmmm... the only place where i could not use it, is in the church...

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      I think I've put my laptop all these places -_-*

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      phaseill 9 years ago from Invercargill

      Nice, it's always good to read a well written hub, you'd think that not using them in those places is pretty obvious but I must admit, I'm guilty on more then one occasion on more then one instance! great hub :)

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      Rusty Green 9 years ago

      Great Hub Stacie!

      When I saw the title I immediately thought of two of your five; only because I have actually seen it happen. So, your hub is definitely appropriate... and funny!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      If a hub could be both funny and serious, this hub is that hub! Thank you, Stacie!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Lissie, that's a great use for a computer in the car, but like you said--not by the driver. I'm sure Ms. Manners would consider computer use at the dinner table as impolite as telephone use.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      My laptop drove around Australia running the interactive maps to point us in the right direction - though not used by the driver. What does Ms Manner's say about using it at the dinner table?

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      commentonthis7 9 years ago

      my laptop stay home when i out driving

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Peter, that is an exception. I don't mean people who are helping out!

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Objection! Laptops in churches are totally cool. I ran the multimedia stuff for our church for a while and I had free reign. Also, with the rise of Power Point, and Bible software for computers/PDAs, computers, PDAs, etc. are fair game now. Our Pastor reads from his Bible/Palm Pilot quite often, and when I first saw him do it I knew I was home.

      Great hub, though. Good luck.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      On the toilet! Haha. I think my dad used to take his laptop to the bathroom. I could be wrong. But I vaguely remember a time or two way back when. Ha.