Top 5 unspoken etiquette rules

unspoken etiquette rulesThere 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.

unspoken etiquette rulesTop 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.

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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.unspoken etiquette rules

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.

unspoken etiquette rulesEven 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.

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