Tech Etiquette

In today's society, tech has truly taken over social situations more than we like. We also seem to forget how convenient it is to have a device in our pockets that is millions of times more powerful than the equipment that landed us on the moon in 1969. With this amount of computing powerful available to us, we have the ability to do just about anything, anywhere, at any time, limited only by our imagination. But for the most of us, we use this amazing power to check Facebook, text friends, and play games. With this great power, there comes responsibility and boundaries set in place to ensure we all use technology in a way that still acknowledges and respects each other as we have through the ages.

Out in Public

Social Gatherings

Always keep in mind that most people are digitally linked to each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Typically, most people have to make a targeted effort to disconnect from their devices for a specific period of time such as a camping trip with no WIFI, long road trips across the country, or weekend trips to a less populated area. So when you purposely plan, schedule, and attend social events such as a dinner party, night out with some friends, or a date with your significant other, understand that you are always digitally linked outside that venue so cherish the time you spend face to face with other people. We as humans were built for close meaningful relationships with others, so avoiding communication the way we were meant to could be detrimental to your overall well-being. There is plenty of evidence and research that backs this up, feel free to Google this.
However, there will be some situations where you would like to keep your fellow phone huggers from dazing into a trance of social media. Check out these few tips to break the spell:

Texting

A text message has almost completely replaced a phone call for quick information and coordination. People sometimes gasp at the phone when they receive a call from an unidentified party. It has become common place to reach out to someone via text first and have them call you back when they have time. Phone calls, as with face to face communication requires instant feedback, this is not the same for text messages. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Digital Group Chat

Inevitably when you start texting, you will want to start group texting to multiple people at a time. This is an extremely easy way to communicate and coordinate events among the same group of people or friends. GroupMe (Android / iOS) is a highly recommended group chat app because it has the ability to seamlessly communicate over both standard SMS (texting protocol) and data via the GroupMe app. In addition, it allows more control over your group with tweaking such settings as notification muting, easily adding/removing members, personalizing group avatars and discussion topics, plus much more. There are also plenty of other worthy group message apps such as Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when group texting.

Web Forums and Public Internet Posts

There is always an opportunity to comment publically on a public message board or celebrity on Twitter. Mutual respect must be acknowledged even when the level of anonymity is at its highest. For some examples of a few public web forums, check out XDA Developers and Google+ Communities. Here are a couple of ideas to keep in mind: If you are looking for more information on Tech Etiquette that was not previously mentioned, let me know via the Contact form on the Home Page.

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