Who are the enemies of etiquette today? Well, they are lurking everywhere and screaming for your attention.
We have compiled a list of our top “Enemies of Etiquette” as we like to call them so that you can be on the lookout.
The Enemy: Technology
Children and parents alike are glued to their devices. Seeing a family of four all staring at their iPhones during a dinner out is a common occurrence. With these distractions at our finger tips, communication and socialization are diminishing.
Advice: Actively be aware of how much time you spend staring at the screen. Take back your precious time.
The Enemy: Social Media
Not only do we communicate more and with larger audiences, we do so at lightning speed, using emojis, status updates and 140 character announcements. Immediate updates, cute dog videos, personal information about friends and acquaintances along with new or fake news updates is constantly being thrown our way.
Advice: Limit time using social media, be aware of what you are reading and absorbing and always think before you post on any social site.
The Enemy: The Race
You’re in a hurry, I’m in a hurry, were all in a hurry! There is never enough time - - and especially not enough time for manners or courtesy.
Advice: Slow down, you’re not the only one whose time is important. There is always time to show respect for others.
The Enemy: Trolls
People say things online that they would never dream of uttering out loud. The amount of hate and irresponsibility on social sites and in comment sections is unbelievable. Words have power and what we say online has just as much weight as what we say in person.
Advice: Don’t get involved with trolls – don’t read their remarks – ban and block those individuals. If you think you are being one – stop it immediately!
The Enemy: Time
Over-scheduled, rushed, too busy to sit down and eat together – this is typical. The Harris Poll states that 59% of people claim their family has fewer dinners together than they did growing up. This is cause for concern since the family dinner is the cornerstone of conversation skills and consideration for others.
Advice: Make time to have meals together. This is an important sharing time – not only for families with children, but for everyone. Sharing your day and listening to someone else is one of the best things we can do to eradicate the enemies of etiquette.
The “enemies of etiquette” all have one goal - To divide us. We must stay vigilant and continue fighting the battle in the hopes of preserving courtesy and respect.