New technology needs a new etiquette

Got a New Technology? You Need a New Etiquette

Any new technology causes chaos, at least for a while.

Think of the motor car: the first real motor vehicles appeared in the early 19th century, and there was an immediate free-for-all on the roads.

In the UK, this craziness continued until the Locomotive Acts of the 1860s, which ushered in the beginnings of vehicle registration and the highway code.

Never mind that these laws required a man with a red flag to walk in front of large vehicles – it was a start.

Or consider the world wide web. Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented it in 1989 as a way of sharing information between different computers.

This important research development was promptly followed by a global economic slump, as workers all over the world began to spend less time doing their jobs and more time looking at pictures of pizza-loving pugs.

Employers responded to this by introducing work-time internet usage rules; not hard to monitor back then, with those screechy modem dial-ups.

Chaos, consequences and order

You’re smart, so we’re sure you notice the pattern: new technology causes chaos, consequences ensue, then order is restored by a new set of behavioural rules.

It’s so predictable as to be a law of the universe. So we weren’t surprised to hear that our very own Loose Ends app has been causing its own brand of social chaos.

The Loose Ends code of conduct

We much prefer order to chaos. It’s only right and proper, therefore, for us to humbly submit a fledgling code of conduct to promote the ethical and considerate use of Loose Ends.

Think of it as our version of the Locomotive Laws.

Problem 1: ‘frenemies’

We’ve all got Facebook frenemies. They’re those people you don’t especially like—sometimes even loathe—but you friend them anyway for reasons of personal or office politics.

However, you definitely don’t want them showing up at one of your Loose Ends.

The solution: As soon as you start using Loose Ends, go through your friends list and unfriend your frenemies.

Be thorough – just because someone lives in Crouch End doesn’t mean they won’t pop up at your Loose End in Charlton Lido yelling “Surprise!”.

Problem 2: your mum

Don’t get us wrong. At Loose Ends we love our mums. But we don’t really want them knowing we went to the pub three nights on the trot last week. They’d only worry, right?

The solution: Quietly and without fanfare, unfriend your only mother, she who laboured for hours to give you life. And don’t feel guilty at all.

Problem 3: you are your mum (if you see what we mean)

You’ve had an email or Facebook message from your grown-up offspring inviting you to check out this cool new app called Loose Ends.

You’ve downloaded it and think it looks fantastic. Even better, when you go to the app you can see all the Loose Ends created by your son or daughter.

You idly wonder what a foam party is, and consider going along to find out.

The solution: Let’s be realistic. If you’re seeing your adult son or daughter’s Loose Ends, it probably means they’ve forgotten to unfriend you or haven’t had the heart to go there.

Do the decent thing and block them, so you’re not tempted to tag along.

After all, you partied hard in your day. Do you really think a church hall full of agitated Fairy Liquid can compare?

Get in touch if you have any Loose Ends etiquette tips to share, or if you’d like our help solving a tricky situation caused by the app. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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