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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Emily Post Still Has Important Lessons For Us. Emily Post's Manners in a Digital World

Do you know anyone who has broken up with someone by email or mobile phone (cell phone)?  Have you ever used your mobile in a public restroom to have a private conversation?  These are just two examples of the appalling bad manners that are common today.  The first one is cruel.  I didn't know about the second example until I read this book!

Emily Post's Manners in a Digital World by Emily Post's great-grandson, Daniel Post Senning, is a comprehensive and well-written book that covers manners in every area of technology.  It addresses email  using technology effectively and civilly in the workplace, social media, and even online dating.  It contains several useful tips for retaining good manners while using technology.  This can be difficult today because it is so easy to send a text or an email or a Tweet without thinking, as many people have learned to their cost.  People have even been fired for sending offensive Tweets!

I found the sections on using social media and community groups on the Internet especially useful, and I will read them again carefully.  Senning not only discusses good manners, but he also suggests the best ways in which to use social media. He even lists common symbols on Twitter, and other sites that make using Twitter easier.

Senning also provides excellent tips on how to stay safe while using digital technology and websites, such as Facebook.  Those who are online dating will find the tips especially useful.

I highly recommend this book.  Emily Post, who was always interested in using the latest technology herself, would be especially proud of her great-grandson's continuation of her legacy!

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