Social Media Etiquette: Am I Being Rude?

Woman looks irritated with man who is on his phone at her table in a restaurant, is this bad social media etiquette?

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In an ever evolving age of social media, our phones have become as vital as our organs. At this point, it’s like our online presence has become a huge part of our personality, and with the metaverse right around the corner, the question must be asked: what are the new rules governing socially acceptable ways to use our phones in public?

Top tips for every situation

First and foremost, we have to remember the golden rule of phone etiquette: mindfulness of your surroundings. When engaged in a conversation, meeting, or a social gathering, giving undivided attention to the people around you fosters a sense of respect and presentness. So, it’s best to avoid checking your phone incessantly or responding to every notification that pops up.

In public transport or other quiet spaces, headphones are a godsend. Use them to enjoy your music, videos, or calls without imposing your choices on others. Also, consider setting your phone to vibrate or silent mode to prevent startling noises from disrupting the peace. This action speaks volumes about your respect for shared public spaces.

Conscious phone photography is another critical aspect. While capturing memories and moments is part of the smartphone culture, it’s important to respect people’s privacy. It’s good practice to always ask for permission before including anyone in photos or videos that you’re posting online, but especially if they’re not someone that you know well.

Moreover, public places aren’t the ideal location for loud, personal conversations. If you need to take a call, step aside to a quieter place to avoid disturbing others. Remember, your public call could easily become public knowledge, and when it’s about something as personal as your break up, or your friend’s exploits, not everyone wants to know.

Lastly, even though technology has fostered a culture of immediacy, it’s not impolite to delay responses to calls or texts while you’re out socially. Consciously setting your phone aside tells your companions that they are your priority, fostering deeper connections.

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    • John McLean

      21 July 2023 • 12:13

      None of that will ever happen. You just have to see how many people especially the young are addicted to their phones

    • Naimah Yianni

      21 July 2023 • 16:45

      Once up on a time we managed to live without any mobile phone or internet. If someone wanted to call us they called our landline at home and if there was no answer they would call back later. When we arranged to meet friends we did it in advance and met at an agreed place. There is no real need for any kind of mobile phone, they are a menace. Life was far better without them

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