'Don't call me before you text': The new rules of communicating in the digital era

phys.org | 3/1/2019 | Staff
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Connecting with people has become so much easier with advancing technology. Tasks that once required an operator, postage stamp or carrier pigeon are now as simple as tapping a name or even a face on your screen, and, voila, you're connected.

But also easier is unwittingly getting caught up in a major disconnect by violating a tangle of new rules for communicating. A big one for some: Don't call until you've texted to confirm it's OK to call. But that's just the beginning.

Chill - Bothers - Mark - Angiello - Office

"I'm usually pretty chill and not much bothers me," said Mark Angiello, a 29-year-old office manager from White Plains, New York. But the one thing that really gets under his skin, that he "hates more than anything else in life" is the horrendous one-word message—"K."

"At the very least reply with, 'Got it.'" Angiello said. "At least give me the courtesy of a few words here. You're not that busy."

Ramoan - Bruce - DJ - Bronx - List

Ramoan Bruce, a 29-year-old DJ from the Bronx said his personal list of digital interaction rules runs long.

"Don't text me and say, 'Hey, did you get my last text?' You know that I got it," Bruce said. "I get kinda annoyed when I text someone and then they respond by calling me, and I hate when people FaceTime me out of nowhere. Like, don't do that."

Hundreds - Thousands - Others - Media - People

There are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of others who have taken to social media to express their detest for people who don't follow the unwritten ground rules of digital communication.

Twitter user @Zelvel writes: "It's an unsaid rule in texting if you weren't the last person to send a text before you fell asleep, you should be the first to send one in the morning."

Everyone - Rule - Pretending

"Doesn't everyone know the unsaid rule? You have to send at least 3 texts pretending to be friendly before you can ask for...
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