My current pet peeve is being out with friends who seem incapable of putting their phones down. We're existing in a time when there is zero etiquette about when it is appropriate to use your phone in public. What gets your goat these days?
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Rumour has it, Apple wants to give you the option to use read receipts on a contact-by-contact basis in iMessage. This is a dreadfully bad idea that will undoubtedly destroy relationships, estrange friends, and piss off teens. Why? Because read receipts are awful, and making them more sophisticated is bullshit.
Earlier this month, I asked you guys for the worst email sign-offs you'd ever seen. Well, well, well, did you ever deliver. Many people (understandably, as I am always correct) agreed with me that "Best" is an arrogant and disgusting way to cap off your digital correspondence. But oh, there are plenty of other terrible things you can add.
The etiquette around work email is still evolving. If the Sony hacks taught us anything, it's that even high-profile executives and celebrities are — let's call it extremely informal in their email writing styles. What's the worst email signoff you've ever seen?
Welcome to User Manual, Gizmodo's weekly internet advice column. This week we're dealing with parents all up in your Instagram, more questions on d**k pics, and stalking a date on LinkedIn. Buckle up, because we're here to help.
We've all done it. After a tough day at work or a long night of drinking, the gentle motion of the train rocks you right to sleep, and the next thing you know, you wake up in the sticks. It's a frustrating problem, but one app developer thinks he has the solution: a motion-based alarm clock that wakes you up at your stop.
The internet is not that hard. We all know that, right? But some people out there (probably duckface selfie-ing on Facebook right now) just aren't very good at the internet. They just don't get it. They don't know that Google answers any question, they can't spell, they take too many selfies, they obliterate your feed with I love you's to their girlfriend or boyfriend and worst of all, they do it too damn much by posting so often. This is why we can't have nice things.
That girl you grew up with and haven't seen in four years does not want to like the Facebook page for the Kickstarter to support your band's very first regional tour. Neither does anyone who isn't your mother. So please please please please please please please please1 stop sending out carpet bombed requests that people like your page.
My brain tickles itself when something brand new gets invented, like a smartphone, and how different habits and customs form in each culture around that new smartphone, and a brand new form of etiquette specific to each country is created all over the world. Maybe in some countries they call more than they text. Maybe in other cultures they use WhatsApp over SMS. Maybe it's email. Maybe they adapt to technology's limitations. Maybe in some hellish place, phones are used openly in cinemas.
The UK media is weirdly ablaze this morning over a story about a store attendant who flipped out when a customer refused to stop talking on her phone while at the checkout. Is that rude, or is it now socially acceptable?
True story: When I was in primary school, my mother sat my brother and me down at the dining room table to give us lessons from Emily Post's big blue bible called Etiquette. Fold your napkin when you leave the table. Start with the silverware on the outside and work your way in. A lot of those lessons still apply today. But you know what we don't need? Those century-old tropes being applied to how we live our digital lives.
Ugh, it never fails. No matter the size of the group, you always seem to get stuck sitting next to someone you'd rather not be — an overtly intoxicated uncle at your brother's wedding, a co-worker that believes closed-mouth chewing is more suggestion than rule, or the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party.
Facebook search can find a lot of cool things, like every photo you've liked, friends who share interests, friends who share restaurants, and maybe even your next wife! (?) But it could also completely destroy someone's existence. Should we?