As the world progresses toward digitalization, we still need to be mindful of etiquette as we grow with technology. While we all strive to maintain and keep social etiquette alive for generations, it’s time to normalize technology etiquette. Here are some traits you may currently be practicing and not knowing it’s wrong.
Phones on the table
Phones help us get things done but it’s not pleasing to see them on dining tables, meeting rooms, or any other setting you’re in especially when it’s not necessary. We tend to get pop-up notifications that would make us lean sideways to check who’s it from, distracting you and the person or people you’re present with. This would give others the impression that you’re taking their time and matters half-heartedly. Instead, put your phone away from the table and be present in the moment.
Using ‘emojis’ in your work emails
Emoji explains best when you can’t express them in writing. That’s what you always add in your text messages right? There’s nothing wrong with that. However, using emojis in your work email is unprofessional. Why? It demeans one’s impression of you in the workplace and your designation. Always keep business writing in practice, whatever profession you’re in.
Sending error-filled texts or emails
Whoever that text or email is for, it’s always best to proofread before sending it. Always spell out every word and be direct with your point. You’d want to refrain from repetitively sending a message because of one mistake or wrong grammar. Remember that the way you communicate, electronically, reflects who you are as a professional and as a person.
Life stories on social media
Everyone has a life, even online! Thanks to technology, we have social media platforms. This is when you can apply etiquette. You need to be aware of what you post. It’s okay to post bits and pieces of your day, or what made you happy, or you’ve found a new go-to chill spot in the city. Whatever is posted online, even deleted, can’t be taken away from people who may have a copy of it. So, filter out any personal information to avoid overexposing yourself. There are other more social media etiquettes you get to learn as you go on.
Failing to RSVP
As you receive an invitation that requires you to make an RSVP, it’s best to respond as soon as you can. Failing to RSVP or sending your confirmation in after the due date puts the host in distress. It’s not easy to host an event or party. The best you can do is send back your confirmed RSVP the way you received it, by letter or e-vite.
Leaving your earphones in while talking
Listening to music that would help your focus is great. It’s your way to help you get things done but one thing that’s commonly practiced is that when someone approaches us to discuss something, the music stops but the earphones are still in. Cut this habit, it will only make the other person feel as though your attention is divided or that you’re not hearing a single word they’re saying. Don’t take just one but both earbuds out and listen. You’ll lessen any misunderstandings this way.
Using loudspeaker in public places
This is one great example of where technology etiquette should be applied.
Not everyone needs to hear what you’re talking about on the phone unless it’s for a group meeting. Personal calls are intimate and can touch information or topics that are sensitive to both parties. If you intend to put the person on a loudspeaker, move to a quieter place or away from people who may hear you. Adjust the volume enough for you to hear, don’t blast it. It’s also best to ask or inform the caller at the beginning that you wish to put them on loudspeakers.
Texting during a movie
If you’re not in the mood for some movie, party, or any social event with people around, better not come. Why? The person would feel you’re not appreciating their efforts to spend time with you. It’ll make them feel that you’re bored or disinterested. Appreciate the moment. This is not applicable in just dates, but also with your family or friends. If you need to answer a text message or call, excuse yourself and move out of the scene.
It is true, old habits die hard but it’s never too late to be more of a sensible human being by practicing proper etiquette when using gadgets.
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