Just when you thought you knew as much as there was to know about social etiquette, along comes a guide from Helio called “The New Social Etiquette.” The purpose is to help us become savvy mobile users – especially regarding dating relationships.
Of course, the “guide” is actually a playful ad targeted to those who are young and already tech savvy, complete with its own buzzwords and insider’s humor. However, underneath it all is a serious message: how you communicate is just as important as the message itself. This issue is especially important to consider because email, texting, and instant messaging leave off critical visual and vocal cues.
For example, I once had a situation where my computer keys stuck and I innocently emailed a message entirely in capital letters. The receiver of my communication immediately shot back a reply: “DON’T YELL AT ME!” While we were able to resolve the misunderstanding, others are not always as tolerant.
Every form of communication has its own etiquette. Be sure you know the guidelines before tuning in.