Tech Etiquette

Technology is the ultimate enabler, but it can also be the biggest stumbling block where communication, relationships, and quality of life are concerned.

It’s easy to get absorbed in a world of our own making: if we’re not careful, exchanges with contacts can start to replace interactions with friends and family; our spare time can turn into web time, and dinner dates can get lost in facebook updates and whatsapp chats. 

Like most things in life, it’s all about striking a balance. So familiarise yourself with some basis tech etiquette, and keep it firmly in mind the next time you reach for your tablet. 

When you’re at home…

  • Try to be present: if you’re spending all of your downtime online, relationships are likely to suffer. When was the last time you and your significant other, friends or kids enjoyed some quality time together without technology stealing the limelight? Even if it’s just for an hour, try a ‘no phone zone’, and use the time to catch up with your nearest and dearest.  

When you’re online…


  • Keep it calm and collected: you’re bound to come into contact with people online whose views you disagree with; some will make you downright angry — but avoid the temptation to get drawn into arguments. If you wouldn’t say it to someone in everyday conversation, don’t say it online. There’s a person behind the screen, so try to respect other people’s opinions and steer clear of negativity. 

When you’re at work…


  • Exercise some restraint: most employers are fairly comfortable with the odd phone or facebook break these days, but they don’t want to see you checking for updates every ten minutes. We’d also advise caution concerning content: tweeting about your workplace boredom is unlikely to score you any points with your boss or fellow co-workers. Keep it professional (and positive where possible). 

When you’re meant to be living…


  • Live in the moment: one of the biggest pitfalls of social media is the incessant need to record every moment of our day-to-day lives — from the outfit we’re donning, to the dinner we’re making. Documenting our experiences is harmless human nature, but not when it stops you from appreciating what’s in front of you. Too many people watch their life unfold through their phones: don’t be one of them. 

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