SOME UNspoken RULES OF EVERYDAY LIFE

20 Unspoken Social Rules Everyone Should Know

Unspoken rules  are behavioral constraints imposed in organizations or societies that are not voiced or written down. They usually exist in unspoken and unwritten format because they form a part of the logical argument or course of action implied by tacit assumptions.

 

Unspoken Social Rules Everyone Should Know

 

  1. At a party or wedding, or any other celebration, if someone doesn’t want to dance, don’t force them. Ever. And definitely don’t make them feel worse by calling them too shy or a spoilsport.
  2. When someone shows you a picture on their mobile, look at that picture only. Do not scroll left / right. You are invading their privacy.
  3. Don’t give advice when you’ve not been asked any. Sometimes people just want someone to listen.
  4. Knock before entering someone’s room, even if it’s your parent or child.
  5. When someone offers you food from their plate, politely take one (eg. french fries, chips etc) and stop at that. Do not pick a handful.
  6. When you’re walking behind someone on a pavement and they are going slow, say ‘Excuse me’ and have them give you way, rather than tailing them and breathing down their neck, waiting for them to move out of the way.
  7. If someone is talking to you in person, and your phone rings, politely excuse yourself if you have to take the call. If you are on a date or out with one another person, cut the call short and tell the caller you will call them back once you’re free. Respect the person you are out with.
  8. In supermarkets, don’t have your friends / family continue to get stuff to the queue as you await your turn, or worse, when you are already at the payment counter. It shows a lack of consideration for the people in queue after you. Get whatever you need to before you reach the payment counter or go again.
  9. Whether it’s an elevator or a train/bus, always let people get off before you get in.
  10. Don’t respond to text messages or social media messages with a ‘K’. It just comes across as rude and condescending.
  11. If you borrow clothes from someone, wash and iron them before returning.
  12. Return borrowed money, books or similar items without the owner having to ask for them to be returned.
  13. Always say Please and Thank you to people serving you, at restaurants, supermarkets, stores etc. A little kindness won’t hurt, and you don’t know the kind of day they’re having.
  14. Cover your mouth when you yawn.
  15. Don’t be rude to or lose your temper with telemarketers. They are only trying to do their job when they call you. Politely let them know you are not interested in whatever they are selling rather than screaming at them. You might be having a bad day, but then so could they.
  16. If someone is telling you why they had a bad day, don’t start your own rant. It’s not a competition of who had it worse.
  17. When a car stops for you at a pedestrian crossing, don’t stroll and cross the road. And please don’t be looking at your phone while doing so. It is extremely rude and makes you look entitled.
  18. Don’t look into someone’s phone when you are standing or sitting next to them. It really is none of your business. You just come across as nosy.
  19. If you are going to get delayed to an appointment, meeting etc. make sure you show courtesy towards your host, friends or whoever you are meeting by informing them of the delay.
  20. Don’t drag or flap your feet when walking. The noise is annoying, and can be a nuisance to those around you.

 

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