Good Behavior: The civility crisis

Pam Eyring joined Tyler Ryan to talk about social media and civility

COLUMBIA SC (WOLO)–Etiquette expert Pamela Eyring from the Protocol School of Washington says there is a crisis of civility and decorum pending within society.

Eyring sites the seventh annual Civility in America survey, which captures the American public’s views on civility in society with 75% stating incivility in this country has risen to “crisis” levels up from 65% in 2014.

“Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Youtube, Instagram – the list goes on and on with many ways to communicate electronically and so many pitfalls.” she says.

Eyring challenges you to take the social media code of conduct oath:

  1. I will be self-aware of my own communication style by taking into consideration what I’m sharing could hurt others, be seen as harassment, or highly offensive
  2.  I will take the high-road and avoid negative or hateful banter in my postings and responses
  3. I will try to resolve a heated issue face to face, in a letter, email or phone call not publicly on social media (message instead of post – private vs. public)
  4. I will read the entire article and ensure it’s what I believe before sharing
  5. I will be a good reflection on my family, friends, employer and self and not be ignorant and stereotype against others
  6. I will message my concerns or feelings in a tasteful (not hateful) manner using facts and statistics not just emotion
  7. I will not post questionable photos of myself or post/tag others if perceived inappropriate or without their permission


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