I am seriously upset at how people are beginning to lose any kind of etiquette when it comes to communication. Now I am not one to get angry at so-called “txt spk” even though I think it’s not too much to ask to spell out words and use proper punctuation. (Isn’t it a bit sad that you have to ask people to “use capitalization, paragraph breaks and punctuation” when submitting a story? When did this stop being normal in written communication?)
Errmm, uh….I actually needed to edit your submission due to lack of capitalizing of proper nouns, incorrect use of quotes and one misspelling.
However, what really annoys me is when people think social networking websites are an adequate substitute for a phone call, letter or card.
When I was pregnant with my first child two years ago, I went to great lengths to make sure my close family was told personally before it became “public knowledge” and people started talking about it on Facebook for example. We even flew out to another state just so we could tell my husband’s family in person and not over the phone. And we made sure that our families would not pass on our happy news to other relatives who would (rightfully) be a bit disappointed not to be told by us personally.
Today, I learned that my sister is getting married. Did she send a card? Did she call? Did she at least send an email? Maybe a mass email to all her family and friends? No. She put it in a ‘tweet’, a Twitter message that goes out to *everybody*. It’s a good thing I have a Twitter account or might not even know! Has this really become acceptable? Am I just too old-fashioned?
On the other hand, she also uses Twitter to discuss her various digestion problems, which in my book is not only bad manners but also disgusting – so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. 0713-10
There is a folder in the Ehell forum called “Techno-quette” in which members discuss the intricacies and foibles of online etiquette. Worth reading!