Tagged With etiquette

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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.

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Technology brings with it many complex social problems — from using phones at the dinner table to the the etiquette of Facebook likes. In this video, Jerry Seinfeld helps us navigate the minefield that is society drenched in tech.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You probably haven't regularly used smileys since your middle school days, when modems screeched and President Clinton rained ordnance against Bosnian war criminals. You've grown up since then, but the ;) has remained inert, a relic of type. In our new modern age, is it ever OK to drop a smiley?

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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.