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Magazine Writes New Rules For Polite Digital Society

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Magazine Writes New Rules For Polite Digital Society

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Magazine Writes New Rules For Polite Digital Society

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The article's star, actor Brad Pitt, demonstrates poor digital etiquette. Courtesy of 'Wired' magazine hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of 'Wired' magazine

The article's star, actor Brad Pitt, demonstrates poor digital etiquette.

Courtesy of 'Wired' magazine

In the world of social media, there have gotta be some rules, right?

The August issue of Wired magazine's cover story is titled, "How to Behave: New Rules for Highly Evolved Humans."

For the article, editors at Wired asked a group of social scientists to develop etiquette for new technology and social media.

"There was a lot of subjective opinion on how to behave," Wired editor Nancy Miller says. "We sort of decided that the best way to go about this was the Wired way, which is try to find a scientific approach ... to explain why and how we behave like we do, and what makes sense in this new era of technology."

Some Of The Rules

  • Don't lie with your Facebook photo.
  • If you can't buy it online, feel free to BitTorrent.
  • Don't hesitate to haggle on Craigslist.
  • Don't Google-stalk before a first date.
  • Never broadcast your relationship status.
  • Texting in the company of others is OK.
  • Never BCC anyone.
  • If your call drops, call back.
  • Don't blog or tweet anything with more than half a million hits.

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