Jun 142013
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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.

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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.

About Christian Rue

Christian is married to Masshole Mommy. A Massachusetts native, he's happy to still be living here, but he also enjoyed living in several states & two other countries during his 20 years in the Air Force. These days, in addition to being a retired Air Force firefighter, he works for our fine government as an accountant. Chris loves movies, reading, comedy and spending time with his family.

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  26 Responses to “Door Holding Etiquette 101 – From a Guy’s Perspective”

  1. Hahaha oh man.
    I haaaate holding the door in random places like at the kids school. First it is in a rich snobby town and all the woman are stay at home moms and are perfect in their eyes so my red and black dyed hair and tattoos really put a damper on their day and they NEVER say thank you. They think they are better then me so they won’t say thanks. I hate them. As for the rest of the population if they are old ill hold the door till they can safely arrive haha. I did slam the door in my sperm donors face last week >.<

  2. I loved it and seriously right down the nemesis part totally had me chuckling!! Very funny post and seriously got to keep these in mind 🙂

  3. The unwritten rules of door etiquette. Who knew? But you nailed it. 🙂

  4. Now I know the rules! I hate when I end up holding the door for like a few minutes cause a massive horde is leaving the place at once.

  5. Love the nemesis one! Hahaha!!!

  6. Love this post! I am in and out of a lot of doors on a daily basis, and I always try to hold the door for people. But I also remember the people who don’t say thank you when I hold the door open for them, and slam the door in their faces the next time round.

  7. I love that ecard. lol I hold doors open for old people. I hate when people dart through doors when I wasnt holding it open for them-especially men. lol

  8. LOL…so so funny. thanks for the laugh gilr.

  9. I’m glad the creepiness factor was included in there. Thanks for the info Chris!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  10. I can’t stand touching doors, they freak me out because people are gross. I’ll stand in front of it until it’s opened for me, luckily I rarely go out without my husband and most doors are automatic. I’ll open the car door, that’s about it.

  11. I always hold doors open for people so does my hubby. It’s the kind thing to do even when people don’t do it for me

  12. Haha! Too funny. I guess I’m just too nice at times. I’ll hold the door for anyone, including my enemies. :p

  13. I am a door holder….and sometimes I’ve miscalculated and held that door a bit too long…you know, when the person has to rush to the door just cause i’m holding it. It’s awkward for both parties. lol

  14. I hold the door for many people including men… It pisses me off when they walk through and never say Thank you… http://www.myjourneywithcandida.com/

  15. My problem is when I open the door and the a flood of people come through without saying thank you or anything. So annoying!

  16. Lol as always Chris u crack me up

  17. I absolutely love it when I see a man running ahead of me to hold the door open for me. Makes the think chivalry is not dead!

    I refuse, REFUSE! to hold the door open for the women at my daugher’s gymnastics class any more. Not once have I gotten a thank you from any of them. One was even struggling to get in with a baby carrier and I helped her through and she acted like she was doing me a favor. I don’t know if dance moms or gymnastics moms are worse on the snotty scale! (A little off topic rant lol)

  18. I’ve been trying to teach my kids to hold the door open for people. I think it’s a nice thing to do!

  19. Great guidelines! I love to hold the door open for people. It seems like it really makes their day. Apparently no one does it anymore! I get a lot of old men holding the door open for me 🙂

  20. I will go out of my way to hold the door for others. I consider it a random act of kindness. I enjoy surprising people with kindnesses they don’t expect.


  21. These are some great guidelines! It’s amazing how many people don’t hold doors for anyone anymore.

  22. I hold the door for women, elderly or kids. I really hate when walking behind someone through the door and that person just leave the door closing while I am still in between ough!!

  23. Now wouldn’t times differ on the style of door opening. The full on pull the door open while standing aside vs. walk in and keep it pushed open for the next person. I generally do the latter, but men seem to go for the full flourish.

    I also get the feeling your expired nemesis may have bought it, trying to pop into a door you were slamming & went French Revolution style.

  24. I love that you have numerous nemesises (is that the plural of nemesis?). I’ve had one since high school and my hubby makes fun of me.