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Today I Am Thinking About Manners

Today’s post will be a little different.  Actually a week or so ago when I visited our local library book sale, I saw a book on etiquette and it made me think of manners concerning technology.

About a month ago Mr. D and I purchased our first smart phones.  Honestly, I had a very frustrating month and then one day I realized that I was a little afraid of that phone and I didn’t want it to own me.  When I made the decision that I would control the phone and not let it frustrate me and control me, I learned to accept somewhat.  As some of you may know, I work part time in a day care center.  One of the things that we like to teach the children is manners.  Yes, I am in the South and in the South it has been common in the past to say yes maam or no maam and yes sir and no sir.  Honestly, I do not feel insulted if a child doesn’t say yes maam or no maam but I do want an answer of yes or no instead of yep or nope. We do try to teach the children to be respectful of others and that is a big part of manners.

I went to the website of the Emily Post Institute and read several different topics.  The website has tons of information for so many different situations and I am sharing the link with you.

Here is a statement from the website that explains what etiquette is and the first sentence that I highlighted in bold is exactly what we try to teach children.

Etiquette is a code of behavior based on treating others with honesty, respect, and consideration. This finds its way into every interaction we have, from planning a party or calculating a tip to writing a thank-you note or taking a cell phone call in public (or not!).

Below I am sharing another statement from the site about technology and it parallels so well the statement above about respect and consideration of others.  There is more detailed in depth guidance on the site about specific technology such as phone, e-mail or text.


Technology’s great. We love it! Emily Post would have owned an iPad the very first day it was available. When you use your cell phone, iPhone, BlackBerry or smart phone, be polite! When you write, email or text, think before you send! Apply a little common sense to the use of your cool tech tools and you’ll be an etiquette superstar.

Growing up Southern, being well mannered was something I learned at a very early age.  My Mother would always tell me to “mind my manners” almost daily and I think that still holds true today for all of us.

Thanks for stopping by.



2 responses »

  1. I so agree. It seems that common courtesy and respect for fellow humans is on the decline. I am quite aghast at some of the vile and horrible comments that individuals will make of others, including news commentators.


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