The Unwritten Rules Of Communicating In The Digital Age
USA Today just released a list of unwritten rules of how we communicated today. It's so true! The way we communicate has drastically changed over the past few years. It seems like nowadays, we would rather text someone than to call or speak to them in person. Not only that, but there are other unwritten rules on how we interact with others in the digital age that includes what we do on social media.
So, USA Today asked people on Twitter what some unwritten rules of how we communicate in the digital world that we live in today. Some of these are actually quite sad when you think about it. Like we would rather read a text than to actually have a nice conversation with someone over the phone. There's a lot of disconnect when it comes to what you say in a text/social media compared to a personal interaction.
Check out the list below and see how true these really are. You should probably take note of these too, as you don't want to violate any of these rules...
Don't randomly FaceTime people. If you want to Facetime, shoot them a text or call first.
One word texts like OK and LOL are conversation killers. Don't respond with one word, unless you don't want to talk anymore.
If someone you know comments on a photo or video you posted, you should respond.
If someone communicates to you using a certain form of communication, e.g. e-mail, then you are expected to respond using the same form of communication.
Don't like your own posts. People see that, and it makes you look weird.
Don't ask for likes, comments or shares.
Don’t take hours to respond without an excuse.
You don't actually have to leave a voice message.
If someone asks you multiple questions via text, don't just reply to part of the message.
Don't post dozens of photos of cheesy quotes back to back.
It's OK to text Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, etc. You don't have to call.
Don’t have one-on-one’s in the group-chat, better yet, rarely send group chats. They're mostly annoying and usually avoidable.
Try not to deliver bad news via text. Don't deliver bad news via DMs.
If you don't get a response, you don't have to get angry. It's not always that big of a deal.
If you have time to post on Snapchat, you have time to respond to text messages.
(Source: USA Today)