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Hey there, listeners. It's Brett Molina here. Welcome back to Talking Tech. My co-host Mike Snider is off today. Here's a good question to think about starting off your week, how good are your online manners? Do you know the right time to use LOL in a text? Do you ever just type the letter K in a text instead of saying okay? Tech columnist, Jennifer Jolly writes about online manners in a column you can read on tech.usatoday.com. It's titled Mind Your Online Manners: Why You Shouldn't Use K, Thumbs Up Emojis or Periods in Text. Let's start here. She lists seven different ways... seven different things, excuse me, that you can consider to just make sure that you have brushed up on your online manners.
One of those examples that she talks about is use of the letter K instead of okay, what a lot of people will do in a text message is just write the letter K, it's kind of a shorthand, a quick way to let people know everything's okay, of course. It was something that was really popular in the early 2000s according to Jennifer's column, but one thing that's changed over the last few years is a lot of people see that now when you type the letter K as more of a passive aggressive way to respond to someone. So if you ever are texting someone, the best thing to do is write okay or you can write KK, which is also another way that a lot of you younger users will text each other as opposed to just that single K. Another thing to be wary of when you're using emojis is the thumbs up emoticon.
Obviously, a lot of us might use this just to signal our approval of something on a text message. For some younger users though, that's another thing that's considered a passive aggressive response and a way to quickly end a conversation maybe that you're just through with, so that's another thing to consider when you're texting. It feels like a lot of weird unwritten rules, but they're there. And it's good to know this stuff because you never know, you don't want to run into some kind of texting faux pas. Another thing to consider here is the use of acronyms like LOL or SMH or things like that. Just so you know, LOL means laughing out loud. Jennifer talks about how she has an elderly aunt who texts LOL to mean lots of love, which can be awkward if someone is texting you about a difficult situation and you come back with an LOL, obviously it can be misinterpreted.
The best advice you can take though is if have someone younger in your home that knows a lot of these acronyms and emojis and their context, talk to them, they have a lot of really good information and you can get some good insight on the context of a lot of these acronyms and emojis that are out there. If you don't have a younger person available that you can reach out to, look up online, just check online and see what the meaning is for a lot of this. That can, again, help you avoid an awkward situation online, whether it's in a conversation online or through a text. One other thing that Jennifer considers is tidiness on Zoom. Always make sure you do a quick camera check. The last thing you want to do on a Zoom call is find out there's a big pile of dirty laundry behind you or there are kids fighting in the background or there's just some other weirdness happening behind you as you're trying to take on a serious meeting on Zoom or whatever video conferencing tool you have, so just do a quick check.
Jennifer sites the Emily Post Institute, which says, quote, "Use a background that is clean, uncluttered, professional and not overly personalized." Keep it simple, best thing you can do. If you want to learn more about minding your online manners and want to hear some more tips from Jennifer on what she suggests, be sure to go to tech.usatoday.com for more. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments, questions or show ideas, any tech problems you want us to address? You can find me on Twitter @brettmolina23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to Talking Tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech.
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