Is courtesy no longer “in”? Have we lost our humanity when using technology? Are we a bunch of uneducated imbeciles?
From some of the emails floating around, one could easily think this to be true. The spammers think we are.
But I don’t agree.
We want to communicate with “knowledge, understanding, and courtesy.” The thing is that many do not realize the impact of their written words.
- conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.
- a prescribed or accepted code of usage in matters of ceremony, as at a court or in official or other formal observances.
- the code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other
What is acceptable?
Some believe that they do not have to make any efforts in their daily email communications. Then you have the spammers who jam our inboxes and use our resources without recourse. Why has this become acceptable?
The truth is, it never really did. We accepted it and allowed it to continue. But that doesn’t have to be the standard. We can lead by example.
This Pledge is for those who want to reflect on the importance of taking the time to be courteous. To spell-check, to say Hi and Thank You! in emails.
Showing concern for those on the other side by our actions and words is simply common courtesy. And reflects our humanity.
When you understand how technology works, you use it properly. That effort is part and parcel of participation. To hide behind this screen as an excuse to be lazy, crude, or appear uninformed is no longer acceptable.
The goal is not to tell people what to do or hinder free speech, as some will immediately assume. The purpose is to ensure the online world does not degrade to where we no longer want to participate.
Or worse, make the efforts necessary to behave in such a way that allows each of us to grow, learn, enjoy, and prosper.
When you “Take the Pledge” combined with a perfect score on my Email Etiquette Quiz, you can request a personalized Certificate of Commitment to print and display.