Month: February 2018

Cell Phone Etiquette Tips

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Here’s a link to some useful cell phone etiquette tips. I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. For example they suggest that talking while walking down the street is bad manners. If you’re not bothering anyone, why not? Getting friends and family to adopt good cell phone manners may not be easy but you can start by setting a good example. Just because everyone else is glued to their screens doesn’t mean you have to be! Start an interesting conversation.  It’s worth a try. You may be surprised how fast the cell phones get put away. My pet cell phone etiquette peeves: Long, loud conversations in a waiting room or any form of transportation. (A plane, bus, car, elevator…) Forgetting to turn off the ringer at an event. Taking and posting an unattractive photo of me on social media. Have a heart. Having the sound turned up on your earbuds so I can hear what you’re listening to. One last tip: Tip: Sharing the cell phone etiquette link with your teenager may be easier than trying to talk to them about it! You’ll find cell phone etiquette and other lifestyle links you can really use in the Social Life […]

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Discuss the News in a Civil Manner.

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I admit I’m a news junkie. And whether on TV, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, or the internet I often want to discuss it. Can that possibly be true? Is it fake news? Is that a good idea? How would I feel if it happened to me? Sometimes I just want to say “What a great idea!” But it’s hard to find people to talk to in the moment. So when I feel strongly about news I’ve seen, heard or read,  I leave a comment on Fiskkit to start a discussion. Fiskkit is an online platform for civil, fact-based and engaging discussions. On Fiskkit, I can discuss an article without boring (or offending!) friends over dinner or social media like Facebook. If I think a friend is interested, I suggest they sign up for Fiskkit where we can discuss the article and be joined by others who are truly interested. What’s different about Fiskkit is that it lets us comment on individual sentences instead of the article as a whole. That really helps because it focuses the discussion on specific points, and I can learn from other people who have left comments. Or, if I don’t feel like writing, I can also […]

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