My answer would be “kinda”. I’ve been reading Digital Citizenship in Schools for my class and it has opened my eyes to all of the digital citizenship “laws” I have broke/forgotten over the last few years.
I remember in 8th grade Mrs. Smith talking about email and what a wonderful communication tool it was and would become. Fast forward 20 years and now there are so many other tools we use that fall under the heading of digital communication that we forget how you should use these tools. One of the nine elements of Digital Citizenship is Digital Etiquette–“the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users” (from Digital Citizenship in Schools). I am guilty of not using digital etiquette and I have witnessed others forgetting their digital etiquette skills too. I have answered a phone call while at my Thursday Night Knitting Group. I have been known to continue to talk when it is my turn to pay in the grocery line. What would Emily Post say?!
I do feel that people are improving their digital etiquette but it still remains a problem. People holding up lines in stores because they are on the phone, talking loudly on the phone when they are with a group and the phone conversation does not involve the group, checking for messages during dinner, and texting during movies are all examples of inappropriate digital etiquette. One example of inappropriate digital etiquette is checking or texting a message while someone is talking. Where is your attention? It’s not on the person talking.
Do we need digital etiquette police or can we police ourselves?