Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another guest post. I am here to set the record and establish some guidelines for door holding.
How long should a person hold a door open for an individual behind them?
There are a lot of factors to consider here. Are they you manager? Your friend? Are they handicapped? Are they cute? Your nemesis? Are you in a rush? Also, you have to take into consideration the distance between you and the person behind you.
Now for the the obvious. Of course you need to hold the door open for your manager – IF they will be to the door in less than 30 seconds. Now, my good Samaritan side comes out when holding the door some who is handicapped or maybe carrying a lot. For them, the wait time will be pushed up to a full minute (I know I am a saint). As for cuteness, that will depend on the person’s cuteness level and of course, your relationship status. Obviously for someone like me, a happily married man, the cuteness factor brings it down to just a 5 second wait time for me holding the door, but if you are single and desperate – the time skyrockets to at least 90 seconds. If you are in a rush, you are still obligated to hold the door for 5 seconds. The standard time limit is as follows: if the person behind you can reach the door in 7 seconds you should hold the door for them. If you happen to come upon your nemesis (of which I currently have 3 – one was eliminated last week) then you are under absolutely no obligation to hold the door and it is perfectly acceptable to actually try to close the door before they get there.
Anything over 100 seconds will be considered the creepy factor in all circumstance so watch out for that.
And that was my 101 on door holding etiquette.