The Invisible Rules of Digital Communication

The Invisible Rules of Digital Communication

Sydni Bratthauar, Writer

The Invisible Rules of Digital Communication

Have you ever heard of a set of rules to follow when you’re communicating with someone over a digital device? I haven’t and I’m pretty sure that I don’t follow any of them, but who can follow rules if they’re practically invisible? So, according to Dalvin Brown’s article, here are the 15 rules of digital communication:


  • Don’t FaceTime someone in the spur of the moment; call or text that person first, and then FaceTime them.


This rule is logical, at least to me, because that person you’re trying to FaceTime may be busy. Texting or trying their cell first will tell you if you can FaceTime or not. If they don’t answer, then don’t FaceTime them.


  • One word texts, like OK and LOL, are buzzkillers. Don’t answer with only one word unless you don’t want to talk anymore.


I never thought just sending LOL was a buzzkill. My friends and I use that all the time when we think something’s funny! I think this rule is one that’s just kind of there. It doesn’t hold any importance; at least not to me.


  • If someone comments on something you posted on social media, then you should respond to said person.


It’s nice when you get a comment to say thank you or something else, but some people get thousands of comments (mainly celebrities). Responding to all of those comments would take an eternity!


  • If someone contacts you through a certain form of communication, for example email, you should respond using that same form of communication.


This is a common sense rule. If you get an email, email them back. A text, text them back, and so on.


  • Don’t like your own posts on social media.


Apparently, liking your own social media post makes you look weird. But come on, who doesn’t like what they post?


  • Don’t ask for likes, comments, or shares.


This rule I agree with. Asking someone to like/comment your post is a little rude. If they don’t want to do so, then don’t make them.


  • Don’t take a long time to respond without having reason.


I’m actually really good at following this rule! I always give a reason why I didn’t answer someone’s text. It’s important to provide a reason because if you don’t respond for a long period of time, the person might think you don’t like them or that they’ve offended you, especially in this day and age.


  • You actually don’t have to leave a voicemail.


I know this one, too. You don’t always need to leave voicemail (you can if you want to); however, if it’s a serious situation, then you should leave a voicemail.


  • If someone asks you multiple questions is a text, make sure you answer all of them.


Answering all the questions is an important thing to do. Otherwise the person will just keep asking the questions until you answer all of them.


  • Don’t post a bunch of photos of cheezy quotes back to back.


Honestly, I don’t see a problem with posting cheezy quotes back to back. Do you?


  • It’s okay to text people on certain days: Birthdays, Christmas. You don’t always have to call.


I don’t really like this rule. I mean, I text Happy Birthday all the time, but sometimes it’s nice to give/receive a phone call, especially on important holidays!


  • Don’t just talk to one person in a group chat. It’s annoying and usually avoidable.


I like group chats; they make everything easier. But I do agree that talking to only one person is rude.


  • Don’t deliver bad news by text or DMs.


It’s always best to hear someone’s voice when hearing bad news. If you text someone bad news it’s rude and it doesn’t show that you care.


  • If you don’t get an answer/response, don’t get angry. It’s not always a big deal.


I agree with this rule, even though I break it all the time. Patience is a virtue.


  • If you have time to post on Snapchat, Instagram, etc, you have time to respond to a text.


This is absolutely true. Taking a selfie, adding all the filters to it, and posting it probably takes more time than responding to a text.

All in all, these rules are just sort of there and don’t really have to be followed, but some are good to pay attention to. Have you heard about these rules before? More important: are you going to follow them?

Source: USA Today