Don’t say it online if you wouldn’t say it in person
“Shielded behind a computer screen, some people forget they are interacting with other human beings, saying things online that they would never say in person,” observes etiquette expert Diane Gottsman. But the reality is, social media is social interaction. It’s not just like real life; it is real life. So act accordingly by asking yourself before posting anything: Would I be comfortable saying this face to face?
Don’t behave differently online than you would person
“In the ‘real’ world, would you randomly approach an acquaintance and ask them for a favor?” asks etiquette expert Margaret Page. “Would you constantly talk about yourself without any regard for others around you? Would you jump into a conversation with strangers without introducing yourself? Accept a gift without saying ‘thank you’?” By extension, these behaviors are just as rude online, says Page. Find out about 10 weird effects of social media on your brain.