Here’s the thing (some type of thing), we all have to walk through doors in our life. It’s inevitable. We’re not permanent outdoor dwellers. Sans hippies. And we don’t live indoors 24/7. Sans gamers. We walk through doorways often. It’s such a common occurrence we take it for granted. And the thing is, there’s walking through doorways etiquette. Yet, a lot of people overlook this. In fact, it’s not talked about often. So because of this a lot of people don’t know it. It’s kind of an unspoken etiquette but a lot of people figure it out. When walking through a doorway, the first step is to look behind you. You should either look behind you as you walk through or just before. If no one’s behind you, you’re in the clear. Just walk through and continue your awesome life. If someone is behind you.....uh oh. Trouble is abrewing. Time to make a call. How far behind you is this person?
Other than that, it’s all up to you. Check the stride, make an assumption from there. An assumption like “this is going to take too long” or “this will be quick” or “I don’t feel like holding a door open for any mother fucker”. Really, anywhere in between the 12 foot to 25 foot range is too hard to judge. I wish I could help more with this. But really a physical guideline needs to be set. Something on paper. Documented. Get it emailed to the people. Then, everyone can be on the same page. We don’t have to worry about awkward after situations. Getting stuck in an office elevator with someone you didn’t hold a door open for when they think you should have. If it were up to me I’d say, 15 feet and closer, hold it open. Common courtesy. Anything over 15 feet, you’re on your own. Also, there’s the factor which comes into play of, “I don’t have a fucking ruler on me! How do I know how far away anybody is?!” In which case, nobody needs to hold doors open for anybody. It is just a door people. It ain’t no fucking boulder!