With the ability to talk to friends instantly via text, or reach thousands on our social media accounts, we should take extra care to communicate respectfully.And so “Emily Post’s Etiquette” pays special attention to the type of communicating we do online and on our personal devices.Yes, the internet, social media, texting, online dating are all relatively new and we’re all trying the best we can to make up the rules as we go along.But as anyone who has so much as glanced at their Twitter mentions or realized their best friend from high school unfollowed them on Instagram can tell you, people are monsters online. “Mastering the art of everyday conversation means remembering that it’s a two-way street, with thoughts and ideas shared in both directions,” they write.(I am tempted to use a less polite word than “monsters” here but I’m making an effort.) Luckily, the Posts have some ground rules for social etiquette in our online lives. Trouble comes when we come face-to-face with “the electronic brick wall” of online communication.They identify the problem as a combination of the mistaken belief we are anonymous, the ease of rudeness when not saying something to one’s face, and lax social skills.That’s just standard,” says another editor, “unless, it’s a confusing situation where I don’t know if we’re on a date or we’re just friends.
To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here.“You do the fiddling, the shuffling, and give them enough time to reach for their own wallets to take care of the bill,” says one editor, “or else what’s the option? No, that’s too awkward.” But a few others believe that during a first date, the reach—even a fake one—is out of the question.“I never even pretend to reach if it’s a first date. And of course, never share other peoples' personal information online, whether it's private photos or something they've said to you in confidence. Have a friend look at your profile and ask: "Does it really sound like me? If you're still unsure about whether you're representing yourself well, whether it's in your social media or online dating profile, "take a look in the digital mirror," said Post.