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Modern Etiquette: What Rules Still Exist? Tell us your thoughts to win a $75 Amazon gift card

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 07.10.19
Modern Etiquette: What Rules Still Exist? Tell us your thoughts to win a $75 Amazon gift card
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"Dear Abby" was one of the original syndicated advice columns, appearing in over 1,200 newspapers and read by over 95 million people. Times have certainly changed since "Dear Abby" launched in 1956, but we are curious: are there still rules for common etiquette? And if so, what are they?

In the past few weeks, 5 burning questions have come up within the SheSpeaks Team. After much discussion, here are our best answers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think and you'll be entered to win a $75 Amazon gift card!

Are there any questions you'd love the answers to? Submit them and we'll include some of our favorites as future polls on our website!

Q 1. If you bring a dish to a get-together, is it appropriate to bring home the leftovers?

Not usually. Leftovers should be left for the host to enjoy. However, if there are a ton of leftovers and the host is truly insisting you take it, then take it. It's certainly not worth fighting over.

2. Is it rude to leave your cell phone on the table when dining with friends?

Yes, it's rude, but sometimes it has to be done. For example, if you are out without your kids, then it's ok to keep the phone out in case there is any issue at home. But don't take any calls or texts unless they are truly important. It's not fun to be at dinner with someone who cares more about their device than you.

3. If a single person is going in on a present with a couple who is married or dating, does the single person pay 50% and the couple pay 50% or does each individual person pay one-third?

If everyone knows the recipient equally, than everyone pays equally. But if the partner in the couple doesn't know the recipient and is really just a guest, then 50-50 might be ok. Make sure to talk about it with each other before assuming the amount.

4. How do you get out of an annoying group text conversation without insulting everyone in it?

No one wants to hear constant phone beeping when they're not interested in the chat. If there's a chance that the discussion will end soon, then just silence your phone and ignore it. But if it looks like this chain might be permanent, then it's ok to beg out. Best to send a light-hearted text, something like, "Hey all, love this group but need to get away from the phone and actually pay attention to my children! Can you remove me from the chat? Thx!"

5. Are thank you notes necessary? Do they always have to be hand-written?

Everyone appreciates a thank-you but there are varying degrees of how it needs to be said. If your friend buys you a drink for your bithday, sending a thank-you text afterwards is perfect. But if you receive more meaningful gifts, like at your wedding, graduation party or baby shower, than, yes, we still believe that hand-written notes are ideal. Email is ok for informal events if it is truly personalized. If someone spent time picking out a thoughtful (or expensive) gift for your new baby, they deserve something more than a group email saying, "Thanks for coming to my shower! Loved your gift!" 

What do you think? What questions do you have? Enter for the chance to win a $75 Amazon gift card!

#SheSpeaksEtiquette Giveaway

*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $75 Amazon gift card. Giveaway is open through July 28th, 2019 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member beaniebaby70.

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  • gigi62 By gigi62

    If I am taking a dish to get together I try to take in something that I do not need back. Like cookies in a tray from the dollar store or baked ziti in a foil pan, i will double up on the pans for transporting,

  • EmilyFolkers By EmilyFolkers

    Thank you notes and cards are still a must! It shows them that you took the time to thank them for any kindness they might have done for you. Having you phone at the dinner table is rude in my book. Are you taking the time to focus fully on what your dinner mates are talking about? Are you being considerate of their feelings? If you answered no, then you should probably put the phone away😉 For leftovers, ask if they host want it. I always bring a backup plastic container in my purse (I have a large purse🙈) to put leftovers in for my host, so I can take back my platter. Would rather have them have a plastic tuberware then my big platters!

  • rushelle By rushelle

    no cell phones at dinner, i offer left overs to my host but they usually only take a portion.

  • TSReed By TSReed

    I observe all of these and wish more people followed them.

  • leona1219 By leona1219

    Agree 100%!

  • nickelet11 By nickelet11

    Thank you notes are always a nice gesture!

  • olunani By olunani

    I agree with all.

  • eason90 By eason90

    I agree with most of these but if I bring a dish and there?s leftovers in it, I will take it.

  • rge-rge By rge-rge

    agree with most...but i do send a txt instead/as a thank you note along with the picture of the gift saying i appreciate it....

  • wendy1214 By wendy1214

    I to take a dish in a they're away container. That way there is no need to take home your left overs or expect the host to have to clean the dish after the party.

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