It’s true that my peers and I (as well as plenty of those that followed) went to school with any more than (at best) access to a computer. So how is society to self-educate? With parents that haven’t been trained, we are supposed to be setting the course. But, it is most disconcerting to see how digital manners have taken a back seat, even among the “more mature” people (and parents). Where and how are we supposed to know how to operate? What is the right digital etiquette? I have discussed this topic with many people — and I suspect it is discussed in many informal moments around the world among all age groups. I feel that there is a real need for us all to take stock of how we are using our devices. As impressive and indispensable as these new technologies may be, there are ways to use them that are more acceptable than others. Certainly, there are some cultural and generational perceptions that will alter our sensitivities. I’m certainly not asking for total disconnection. However, I think we need to improve our general awareness of how we act, the habits we are forming and the messages we are conveying to others around us . A lot of this has to do with our mobile etiquette, but there are plenty of other platforms out there — including email and social media — that are a constant cause for consternation.
I sent out this survey a week ago — with 13 questions — and managed to get nearly 150 answers. I’d be glad to have you take the survey, if you wish, by clicking here: Survey Monkey.
The digital manners questionnaire
How do you rate the following digital habits? People who…