Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Texting to cancel

What do you think, is using a text message (or email) to cancel plans okay or not? After reading this in the NYTimes, it's a definite "no" to rely on text messaging and email as a way to consistently excuse yourself from obligations. It's probably okay to cancel plans at least an hour ahead of time via text, but not so much if you abuse e-messaging to break plans at the last minute. Many people use electronic communication as a shield, and do things they would never dream of doing over the phone or in person. If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, most definitely do not text it.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Emailing for a favor

One tip to keep in mind when emailing to ask a favor is to get straight to the point. It may seem backward, but it's better to go right to the question and save the small talk for the end. If you aren't emailing just to keep in touch, save the "how are you" for last. You should also be as brief as possible and try your very best to keep your email to five sentences. Your friends and acquaintances will appreciate your brevity and straightforward style.

Friday, October 12, 2012

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Making a contract for your cell phone usage

This Teenage Cell Phone Contract has several points that are just as applicable to independent adults as they are to teens getting their first mobile phone:

  • During family meals, my cell phone will be turned off or silenced and in my pocket or placed away from the table. I will not check texts or take calls during meal time. 
  • I will practice proper etiquette when using my cell phone in public places, and be conscious of how my usage affects those around me. I will make sure my phone is turned off or silenced when I am in church, restaurants, or other quiet settings, and I will not place or take texts or calls during those times. 
  • I understand that having a cell phone is a means of communication, and is not a replacement for actual face to face interaction with my friends and family members. Therefore, when I am with others, I will make the people I am with my priority.
The last point is by far the most important, as checking your phone while spending time with the people you care about is a sign to them that they are far less valuable than a social media stream, email, or text message.