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Unwritten Rules for Communicating in the Digital Age

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USA Today compiled their top-15 "no-no's" for communicating in the digital age.  Etiquette and lifestyle expert Elaine Swann said that it's perfectly natural for the social manners to change as formats for chatter evolve, "We used to pick up the phone and say happy birthday, happy New Year's and Merry Christmas to each other. Nowadays, it is appropriate and in good form to send those via text. We are evolving with the way we communicate using electronic (devices). The guidelines of etiquette must evolve as well." See the full list--according to people on Twitter--below:

  1. Don't randomly FaceTime people. If you want to FaceTime, shoot them a text or call first.
  2. One word texts like OK and LOL are conversation killers. Don't respond with one word, unless you don't want to talk anymore.
  3. If someone you know comments on a photo or video you posted, you should respond. 
  4. If someone communicates to you using a certain form of communication, e.g. e-mail, then you are expected to respond using the same form of communication.
  5. Don't like your own posts. People see that, and it makes you look weird.
  6. Don't ask for likes, comments or shares.
  7. Don’t take hours to respond without an excuse.
  8. You don't actually have to leave a voice message.
  9. If someone asks you multiple questions via text, don't just reply to part of the message.
  10. Don't post dozens of photos of cheezy quotes back to back.
  11. It's OK to text Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, etc. You don't have to call. 
  12. Don’t have one-on-one’s in the group-chat, better yet, rarely send group chats. They're mostly annoying and usually avoidable. 
  13. Try not to deliver bad news via text. Don't deliver bad news via DMs.
  14. If you don't get a response, you don't have to get angry. It's not always that big of a deal. 
  15. If you have time to post on Snapchat, you have time to respond to text messages.
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