The New York Times reported on a trend in the Sunday Styles section this morning — no, it wasn’t a review of the recent Margiela for H&M collaboration or a recap of a dress Kate Middleton wore, it was about how our social calendars have evolved with faster communication.
More so, the article questions how social media and texting may have actually made us prone to being ill-mannered flakes when it comes to making plans with others.
Case in point: Have you ever had plans with someone, only to have them text a “sorry I can’t make it” message 10 minutes before the appointment? Or worse, 30 minutes after the appointment was scheduled? At least in New York City, the city where I personally reside, this is far from rare.
Before texting and tweeting were of common practice, you had to call someone on the phone and excessively apologize. Now, a quick email can get the point across without the awkwardness.
On the other hand, with easier communication comes the ability to pack more into a schedule. Scheduling, canceling, and re-scheduling becomes a breeze — after all, it’s hard to stay mad when “everyone” is doing it.
As a digitally-savvy group, what do you think? Is there an inherent rudeness escalating with our increase usage of fast and easy social communication? Or are the etiquette rules simply evolving with the times?