etiquette

The Internet Doesn't Mean You Don't Have To Write Thank-You Notes

The internet has changed the rules for a lot of things to the power of 10, such as dating, buying groceries and ordering takeout. But it hasn’t changed basic manners. Meaning, you still have to write thank-you notes.


How To Host A Good Party

Hosting a party can be a stressful undertaking. Will people come? Will they have fun? Is vomit bad for houseplants? We answer all these questions and more.


This App Wakes You Up At Your Stop If You Fall Asleep On The Train

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.


8 Ways To Make People Hate You On The Internet

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.


Stop Asking Your Friends To Like Your Facebook Page

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.


What The Proper Mobile Phone Etiquette Is Around The World

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.


Is It OK To Talk On Your Phone When You're At The Supermarket Checkout?

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?


What Emily Post Can't Teach Us About 'Netiquette'

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.


You Don't Have To Be Cool On The Internet

Everyone wants to be cool, but no one wants to admit it. In spite of that, since the beginning of the internet, people have been formulating an ever-evolving script for achieving coolness. It’s confusing and often contradictory.


7 Internet Faux Pas And How To Recover From Them

Everyone has felt that feeling. You posted something on Facebook that pissed off a friend. You Instagrammed a mortifying picture of your sister. They’re pissed. How do you smooth things over?