There are things people do that are rude and unreasonable. The problem is, there are no laws, policies or rules of etiquette that protect us from being subjected to any of these. Here are the top 5 unspoken etiquette rules everyone should know and respect.
Top 1: When you get on the lift, face the door and keep it down.
It’s tempting to carry on happily chatting with your friends on the lift, but doing so would be at the expense of other people. When you get on a lift, stop talking about something excessively funny or if you need to continue talking (you really don’t!), do so in really hush tones. Not everyone may get the joke, let alone wants to hear one.
Top 2: Don’t use your mobile phone on public transport.
People on a train, bus, ferry or tram are usually busy playing, reading emails, messaging or Facebooking on their phones or doing someone productive. They don’t want to be drawn into another person’s phone conversations, so it’s best to respect this. Sometimes it’s inevitable to use your phone on public transport (sure!) but if you must, try to keep your conversations short and less bothersome. For more mobile phone etiquette rules for commuters, read this.
Top 3: Skip a step on the escalator.
I see no signs that promote this, but come on! No one wants to kiss another person’s arse or have their arse kissed by a complete stranger, so back off. If you, however, find yourself too close for comfort because someone took a step back to respect the skip-a-step rule, you can either take a step back as well or just move to the side and walk up or down the escalator, depending on its direction.
Top 4: Don’t smoke while walking.
One of my hatest combinations is smoking and walking. I’m not going to give a written lecture on how bad smoking is to one’s health. However, keep your bad air to yourself. Walking while smoking spreads the polluting agents and affects the poor people around. If you’re in a rush, tough luck — plan your day better, so you don’t have to smoke and walk at the same time.
Top 5: Don’t sing-along to the song you’re listening to on your headphones.
Even if you’re blessed with a fantastic voice, please don’t sing-along loudly to the song you’re listening to on your headphones. First, we can’t hear the music. Second, you can’t hear yourself so it’s likely that you’re out of tune. There is a time and place for everything — if you must, sing when everyone can hear the music and not in public unless it’s karaoke or you were paid or asked to do so.
There may never be rules or policies drafted for my rants listed above, and I’m pretty sure there are more inconsiderate actions done by other people due to ignorance or plain rudeness. I think if we just stopped to think and care more, many people like me will stop hoping that there would be laws to address the top 5 unspoken etiquette rules.