With the rise of mobile phones, social media, and the generally new ways people around the world connect, a need to adhere to a certain set of rules - or "etiquette" - to ensure people don't inadvertently end up being perceived as rude.
Everyone has come across the odd person who likes to have long - and sometimes loud - on the bus, or the the two friends who - to the annoyance of the entire group - start a one-on-one conversation on a group chat when they could just as easily instant message each other.
So in an attempt to lay down some "netiauette", YEN.com.gh put together a list to help those who aren't schooled in the art to learn a few rules that just may come in handy in the near future.
1. Stop crowing the group chat - use direct messages for conversations
Just like lengthy "@" conversations tire out followers on Twitter, one to one conversations on group chats tend to annoy other members of a group. Unless you know that your conversation has something to do with others or is of interest to them, keep that conversation private.
Stop constantly checking your phone
If you're talking to someone in person, it's annoying when the person you're talking to keeps checking their phone. It's like instead of talking to you, they check their phones as though they're expecting an important update from the President...when in truth they're just checking if someone's liked their latest Facebook post.
Stop sending thank you emails
If all you have to say in a particular email is thank you, then it'd be better not to send it at all, otherwise you're just taking space in someone's inbox. If the person needs to follow up on whatever you discussed, you will probably get to know about it.
Don't be rude, hang up the phone!
In case you've been living in a cave since the invention of mobile phones, this rule is for you. It's not cool to have extended phone calls in the grocery store checkout line, of the hospital waiting room, or even the local restaurant. It's very difficult for an employee to help someone with a certain service if the person just won't hang up the phone. Considering the fact that these people work long hours for very little pay, forcing them to deal with inconsiderate people is just cruel.
It's okay to boast on Facebook, but...
On social media a lot it's perfectly fine to talk about your stuff, as long as you don't show off about them. Granted, the line can sometimes be very thin, but it's there nevertheless. Celebrating your friend's successes is also a good thing.
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