Etiquette is a set of guidelines that define polite and appropriate behavior in various situations. While some etiquette rules are timeless and remain relevant today, others have fallen out of fashion and are rarely followed. Here are ten etiquette rules that nobody follows anymore:
- RSVPing to invitations: In the age of social media, it’s become common for people to simply mark “Going” or “Interested” on an event page without actually RSVPing to the host.
- Dressing up for events: While formal attire is still expected for some occasions, many people no longer bother dressing up for events, even when a dress code is specified.
- Writing thank-you notes: While handwritten thank-you notes are still appreciated, many people now opt for a quick text message or email to express their gratitude.
- Using proper table manners: Basic table manners, such as not talking with your mouth full or not reaching across the table, are often ignored in casual settings.
- Holding the door open for others: Holding the door open for others is a common courtesy that seems to be on the decline, particularly among younger generations.
- Offering guests a drink or snack: When guests come to visit, it used to be common to offer them a drink or snack. Nowadays, many people don’t bother.
- Using “please” and “thank you” regularly: While these basic phrases are still used, they are not always used as frequently as they should be.
- Avoiding phone use in social situations: It’s become common for people to check their phones during social situations, even when it’s considered rude.
- Waiting to eat until everyone is served: Waiting to eat until everyone is served used to be a standard practice, but nowadays many people start eating as soon as their food arrives.
- Sending handwritten letters: In the age of instant messaging and email, handwritten letters have become a rarity, but they still hold a certain charm and personal touch that can’t be replicated digitally.
While some of these etiquette rules may seem outdated, they still hold value in demonstrating respect and consideration for others. By following these rules, we can create a more polite and courteous society.