One of the best benefits of the internet is being able to talk to other people around the world. Even now, I am helping a friend learn good digital communication skills and digital etiquette through texting. You can learn along with her.
The first thing you need to remember, is that everything you say reflects on you. Comments you make online can lead to negative real-life consequences. To create a good impression, always be respectful.
So I should avoid posting comments that can be interpreted as bullying, racist, or sexist. I'll try to think of it this way: If I feel like I can show what I wrote to a parent, it is safe to post.
Yes, that's a great way to think of it.
So it is a part of good communication?
What is etiquette, and is it apart of digital life?
Etiquette is the code of polite behavior. It is an important part of real life as well as online.
Exactly! Digital etiquette overlaps with communication a bit, as it includes always being respectful, but it also includes some other things.
That's right! That is why you should always use proper grammar and punctuation when composing an email.
So emailing isn't as casual as texting?
For instance, when emailing someone, it is polite to respond within 24 hours. If they don't reply immediately, a polite follow up after a couple of days is okay.
Thank you! I understand now what proper digital etiquette involves.
Proper grammar and punctuation might not apply for more casual relationships, like friends and family, and that is fine. Just remember,when addressing someone you don not know or posting to a public domain, etiquette is crucial.