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(Slate)   The one simple rule for texting etiquette: Don't be a dick. Note: Applies to every other public interaction   (slate.com) divider line 34
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2010-03-19 01:31:36 PM  
Heh. I expected something really along the lines of don't be a dick but actually think the "bathroom rule" is pretty good. I'm not much of a texter and hate it when people are obnoxious but it can be difficult to explain what is and what is not acceptable due to so many possible senarios. The bathroom rule pretty much covers all of them in a simple way.

/now to get anyone to actually stop being a dick
//NEVER IN THE MOVIE THEATER DAMMIT!!!!!1!1!!11!
 
2010-03-19 03:03:56 PM  
Isn't "Don't be a dick" Wheaton's law?
 
2010-03-19 03:05:04 PM  
wakingbadger.com
 
2010-03-19 03:06:19 PM  
joshthewaster: Heh. I expected something really along the lines of don't be a dick but actually think the "bathroom rule" is pretty good. I'm not much of a texter and hate it when people are obnoxious but it can be difficult to explain what is and what is not acceptable due to so many possible senarios. The bathroom rule pretty much covers all of them in a simple way.

/now to get anyone to actually stop being a dick
//NEVER IN THE MOVIE THEATER DAMMIT!!!!!1!1!!11!


It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.
 
2010-03-19 03:09:46 PM  
Veteran of the Cola Wars: joshthewaster: Heh. I expected something really along the lines of don't be a dick but actually think the "bathroom rule" is pretty good. I'm not much of a texter and hate it when people are obnoxious but it can be difficult to explain what is and what is not acceptable due to so many possible senarios. The bathroom rule pretty much covers all of them in a simple way.

/now to get anyone to actually stop being a dick
//NEVER IN THE MOVIE THEATER DAMMIT!!!!!1!1!!11!

It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.


I'm not so much for destruction of property, but I'd gladly take it away, remove the battery, toss it to the other side of the theater, and hand them back the phone.
 
2010-03-19 03:10:20 PM  
StochasticLife: Isn't "Don't be a dick" Wheaton's law?

That is the first thing I thought of.
 
2010-03-19 03:12:28 PM  
PizzaJedi81: I'm not so much for destruction of property, but I'd gladly take it away, remove the battery, toss it to the other side of the theater, and hand them back the phone.

I'm all for it, but Ohio has concealed carry laws and some very stupid, nasty people.
 
2010-03-19 03:14:36 PM  
Veteran of the Cola Wars: It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.


Do you dream in color too?
 
2010-03-19 03:15:05 PM  
StochasticLife: Isn't "Don't be a dick" Wheaton's law?

Yes.
 
2010-03-19 03:16:06 PM  
mobombhead: Veteran of the Cola Wars: It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.

Do you dream in color too?


Do android Scotsmen dream of electric sheep?
 
2010-03-19 03:18:35 PM  
But it's ok to be a dick if you're sexting.
 
2010-03-19 03:19:23 PM  
Veteran of the Cola Wars: mobombhead: Veteran of the Cola Wars: It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.

Do you dream in color too?

Do android Scotsmen dream of electric sheep?


So that's a yes, then?
 
2010-03-19 03:21:04 PM  
Veteran of the Cola Wars: joshthewaster: Heh. I expected something really along the lines of don't be a dick but actually think the "bathroom rule" is pretty good. I'm not much of a texter and hate it when people are obnoxious but it can be difficult to explain what is and what is not acceptable due to so many possible senarios. The bathroom rule pretty much covers all of them in a simple way.

/now to get anyone to actually stop being a dick
//NEVER IN THE MOVIE THEATER DAMMIT!!!!!1!1!!11!

It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.


You have never, never, ever done that to someone.
 
2010-03-19 03:24:48 PM  
don't text with your dick. too many typos.
 
2010-03-19 03:25:46 PM  
colon_pow: don't text with your dick. too many typos.

Dick like typing detected?
 
2010-03-19 03:29:26 PM  
colon_pow: don't text with your dick. too many typos.

tghius wsazss tgfygp;ledd wsiktgh my dikckm.
 
2010-03-19 03:32:18 PM  
Don't be a dick

Doesn't apply to pubic interactions though, amirite?
 
2010-03-19 03:36:31 PM  
"being a dick" is subjective.
 
2010-03-19 03:37:19 PM  
Veteran of the Cola Wars: colon_pow: don't text with your dick. too many typos.

Dick like typing detected?


Damn you I bit my tongue laughing.
 
2010-03-19 03:39:59 PM  
Reverend Otis: colon_pow: don't text with your dick. too many typos.

tghius wsazss tgfygp;ledd wsiktgh my dikckm.


You young fellas just have poor control...
 
2010-03-19 03:40:17 PM  
Always be a dick.
 
2010-03-19 03:41:36 PM  
As if texting wern't bad enough, I hate people who call someone on their phone, then proceed to carry out seperate conversations with both the person on the other end of the phone AND those in the same room with them. They somehow see this as normal.

Sucks if you're on the other end og the line becaues you can't really tell when they're not talking to you.
Sucks if you're in the room talking to them because they'll cut you off for a "say what? I couldn't hear you"

If you're going to make call, go away, make the call and come back.

/24
//Has business-grade phone etiquette due to job.
 
2010-03-19 03:58:40 PM  
joekm: Reverend Otis: colon_pow: don't text with your dick. too many typos.

tghius wsazss tgfygp;ledd wsiktgh my dikckm.

You young fellas just have poor control...


That keyboard was cold... and deep, too!
 
2010-03-19 03:59:43 PM  
300 thoughtful comments poured in

Madness
 
2010-03-19 04:00:12 PM  
Sometimes I really feel like a dick, though.

I never text, that might slow me down.
 
2010-03-19 04:32:32 PM  
SRQHivemind: Sucks if you're on the other end og the line becaues you can't really tell when they're not talking to you.
Sucks if you're in the room talking to them because they'll cut you off for a "say what? I couldn't hear you"


My brother does that with his, ugh, BT earpiece. I was talking to him in the car from the back seat and several sentences in I realized that he'd transitioned out of my conversation into a phone call. Not even a "wait a sec, bro" just started yammering on the phone.

Dick.
 
2010-03-19 04:58:34 PM  
"More than 300 thoughtful comments poured in, the overwhelming majority from people who believed that there's too much texting in public."

There is too much. It seems almost everyone from age 10 to 30 is addicted to constant texting, as well as a smaller, but still significant chunk of those 31 to 50.

Everyone thinks their own texting is either important, or necessary, and that others should mind their own business. Everyone is also annoyed at everyone else's texting. That is to say, "I feel fine about me doing it, but I'm irritated at the ten people in my vicinity who are also doing it."

I don't have a solution. I wish I could say the one bright spot is that our youth are getting lots of experience with writing and spelling due to all this texting, but that's not even true, as we know. All the accepted shortcuts and abbreviations and ignored grammar are making them even stupider.
 
2010-03-19 07:04:42 PM  
Fail without the Wheaton tag.
 
2010-03-19 08:54:49 PM  
schattenteufel: "being a dick" is subjective.

Yeah that's the point of ettiquite - it helps to formally define what we as a general population do and do not consider dickish. Headline might as well be "want to know how to not ne a dick? Don't be a dick!"
 
2010-03-20 02:26:23 AM  
Tell that to all the guys who've lost girlfriends to assholes.
/not bitter
 
2010-03-20 02:31:54 AM  
I'm going to add some other rules....

1) If you're at home watching a movie or a show that you haven't seen with someone that has already seen it, don't text. They're willing to watch it again with you for your enjoyment, not so you can be distracted the whole time and ask questions about what's going on every few minutes.

2) Don't text while driving. Can't be stressed enough.

3) Don't acknowledge out loud that you've texted someone in the same room as you. I can understand the need to do it sometimes (easy way to keep a secret), but if you announce it, it's no different than watching people whisper to each other.

4) Don't lean in to read what other people are texting. Apologize if you catch yourself accidentally doing it.

5) (Personal rule) Use proper grammar and spelling.
 
2010-03-20 12:27:15 PM  
homarjr: I'm going to add some other rules....

5) (Personal rule) Use proper grammar and spelling.


I'm on board with this, as long as concessions are made for colloquial speech patterns.

However, the constant barrage of U/2/R and a brazillion abbreviations I don't understand are a huge nuisance. Saving time by typing strings of abbreviated words doesn't actually save time if I have no idea what the hell you're talking about.

This has the added dubious honor of messing with kids' real-world writing skills.
 
2010-03-20 06:04:01 PM  
Jonathan Hohensee: Veteran of the Cola Wars: joshthewaster: Heh. I expected something really along the lines of don't be a dick but actually think the "bathroom rule" is pretty good. I'm not much of a texter and hate it when people are obnoxious but it can be difficult to explain what is and what is not acceptable due to so many possible senarios. The bathroom rule pretty much covers all of them in a simple way.

/now to get anyone to actually stop being a dick
//NEVER IN THE MOVIE THEATER DAMMIT!!!!!1!1!!11!

It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.

You have never, never, ever done that to someone.


I have. To the enjoyment of every other patron in the room except the gaggle of teen girl morons who were constantly disrupting the rest of the cinema with their constant texting and phoning - TO EACH OTHER!
 
2010-03-20 09:19:16 PM  
galactus5000: Jonathan Hohensee: Veteran of the Cola Wars: joshthewaster: Heh. I expected something really along the lines of don't be a dick but actually think the "bathroom rule" is pretty good. I'm not much of a texter and hate it when people are obnoxious but it can be difficult to explain what is and what is not acceptable due to so many possible senarios. The bathroom rule pretty much covers all of them in a simple way.

/now to get anyone to actually stop being a dick
//NEVER IN THE MOVIE THEATER DAMMIT!!!!!1!1!!11!

It is immensely satisfying to take somebody's cell phone away from them mid-word as they yammer away in a movie and then crush it under your boot heel. The look on their face is the sort of thing that could could treasure, indeed, carry to their grave with immense satisfaction, and nobody can do much of anything about it.

Makes lovely crunchy noises.

You have never, never, ever done that to someone.

I have. To the enjoyment of every other patron in the room except the gaggle of teen girl morons who were constantly disrupting the rest of the cinema with their constant texting and phoning - TO EACH OTHER!


I know exactly how you feel.

/Chronicles of Narnia.
//Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
///Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
////The last incident took place at The Dark Knight Returns.
//There are others, I can't remember, I think The Incredibles and Constantine.
 
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