• Why Writing Letters Still Matters

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    Why Writing Letters Still Matters

    These days, most of our communication is done online. Emails, text messages, Facebook posts and other forms of electronic communication have taken the place of hand-written letters because they are faster, more convenient and require less energy. But is there still a place for handwritten letters in our world?

    Yes! There is!

    Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter? If the answer is yes, then you probably also remember how it made you feel. Happy? Appreciated? Touched that someone was thinking of you? All of the above?

    Pen Your Thoughts, Authentically

    In this world of rushed communication, taking the time out of your day to pen a letter to an old friend, family member or romantic partner can be one of the kindest, most thoughtful things you can do. It’s a way of deliberately sharing your thoughts and experiences with someone you care about, and inquiring about them in a way that asks for a slow and thoughtful response.

    Handwritten letters don’t have to be works of art. They can be filled with trivial details about the day, experiences you remember or have shared with a person or random questions you might have about their lives. It’s just a lovely way to make a more lasting statement in the digital age.

    That Extra Personal Touch

    With letter writing, you have a chance to put yourself out there and then wait to see if your words have been received and digested. It’s not  flippant, instant communication that just consists of words tapped out thoughtlessly on a keyboard. The process of letter writing is organic and romantic, and involves carefully putting together words on a page in a way we should all be nostalgic for. The act itself makes us more verbose and more creative.

    There’s something remarkable about letter writing that our modern age should strive to hold on to. The act of taking out a piece of paper or stationary and printing out our loopy longhand permanently manages to convey a lot more meaning than other methods of communication. So take a break from the digital age once in a while and enjoy the art of letter writing – chances are there is someone in your life who will appreciate it!

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  • How Modern Technology has Changed Etiquette

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    How Modern Technology has Changed Etiquette

    Social media and smartphone pervasiveness have forever changed the way people interact with one another. There are pros and cons linked with this interference in communication, including access to information at any time, faster communication, stunted relationships and possible injuries. Take into consideration the following concerns the next time you decide to engage in digital communication.

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    Pro 1: Information at Any Time

    PWith the dawn of social media and smartphones, you now have the power to get information almost anytime no matter where you are, as long as you have an Internet or data connection. Whether you need to pull up hard facts to prove a point or simply get a second opinion on a product, social media and smartphones have forever changed how and when we get the information we need. For some Americans, it has even become acceptable to check your phone while having a casual conversation with a friend or colleague. With the ability to get information anytime and anywhere, smartphones have quickly merged into human existence.

    Pro 2: Faster Communication

    Smartphones and social media have provided information faster than in years past for information such as news. With this rapid access to information, some even view asking for standard directions as unnecessary or improper digital etiquette when you can just look it up on Google. This need for instant information has changed etiquette and what we find acceptable in polite discourse. With this sort of speed at your fingertips, you can easily satisfy your need for immediate answers while on-the-go.

    Con 1: Faux, Removed Relationships

    Having a large group of followers on Facebook may be great for networking, but it also may send a false sense of connection. Pulling out a selfie stick to capture the perfect shot from afar during a pool party with friends or thumbing through your Instagram account during dinner can diminish actual human interaction. You cut down on eye contact, leaving you removed and the other person feeling unimportant.

    Con 2: Potential for Injury

    Talking on a cell phone while surfing the Internet is now common. A Pew Institute survey indicates that Americans find it acceptable to walk and talk on their phones or wait in line and text. Even China has cell phone walking lanes. However, accidents associated with smartphone use are on the rise. Alarmingly, more accidents are attributable to when a person is walking and texting, than when a person is driving and texting. As of 2016, the number of distracted walking injuries has tripled since 2010. Even with states implementing laws against texting, you have to wonder if it is worth the risk..

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  • 15 Table Manner Rules That Will Never Go Out of Style

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    15 Table Manner Rules That Will Never Go Out of Style

    The rules of polite dining change throughout the eras, but the ability to dine politely with others matters–even in the digital age. As writers Gus Lubin and Kim Bhasin highlight, your ability to dine politely is closely connected with your image. Appropriate behavior can ensure you’re not called out in an embarrassing manner and, more importantly, can secure your invite back in the future. Here are a mix of rules from business etiquette consultant Barbara Patcher, manners maven Emily Post, and others that should be followed today, tomorrow and beyond.

    1. Don’t Be Late Whether you’re a guest or the host, make an effort to arrive on time, serve the meal as scheduled, and be gracious when others don’t.
    2. Avoid Messy Foods If you’re selecting from a varied menu, avoid spaghetti, crab or anything else that can easily land on your jacket.
    3. Keep Your Phone Off the Table Unless it’s an absolute emergency, Emily Post recommends avoiding your phone entirely while dining.
    4. Converse Politely Avoid politics, religion and other hot button issues, but politely engage those dining around you.
    5. Wait for Others Never dig in until everyone has been served and the host begins, unless you’re given express permission to start.
    6. Limit Your Drinking While social situations can be challenging, Lubin and Bhasin recommend limiting yourself to one cocktail, beer or glass of wine.
    7. Pace Yourself Try to pace yourself while dining to match the speed at which other guests are eating.
    8. Outside Fork First If you ever encounter a place setting that involves numerous forks, start with the farthest outside and work inwards.
    9. One Bite Per Forkful Avoid layering multiple dishes on a single fork. Similarly, try to finish each forkful in one bite.
    10. Cut One Food at a Time Avoid cutting multiple foods simultaneously, which can be sloppy.
    11. Elbows Off the Table Your mother’s advice to keep your elbows off the table is still invaluable wisdom today.
    12. Napkin on Your Lap Until you are finished with the last course or leaving the table, your napkin should remain on your lap.
    13. Try New Things Even if a new dish isn’t quite to your liking, make an effort to try it and take several bites.
    14. Thank the Host Always give gracious words of thanks. Better yet, send a thoughtful card.
    15. Place Utensils on Your Plate After finishing, your silverware should be placed gently on your plate.

    Great manners are timeless, and leave the impression of a modern, stylish and together you at the same time. So, smile and enjoy the party.

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