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How not to be rude with an iPhone

How not to be rude with an iPhone

How not to be rude with an iPhone
August 26
13:44 2016

By Imani Pinckney

Pop Culture Warrior

It’s hard not to think about Apple’s new iPhones and iOS coming out next month, especially with all the conspiracy theories floating around.

But that’s not what this post is about. It is about key pet peeves that many Apple users can relate to that simply boil down to iPhone etiquette. Some may say this is not that serious. Here are some iPhone dilemmas and how to fix them:

When your messages can only be sent through iMessage. It’s annoying.

You’re enjoying your WiFi right now, aren’t you? You don’t have a care in the world about data plans because you have unlimited, or even better, your parents pay for it! Well that’s not the case for everyone. Data isn’t exactly free and limits do exist. Not everyone has internet all the time and one should still be able to receive text messages when they cannot use iMessage.

Ultimately, the iPhone is still a cellphone and the basic functions are calling and texting. I’ve heard people complain that they only send iMessages to iPhones because they don’t like to see the green bubbles displayed. Well, sorry, Susan, but not every contact of yours has an iPhone in the first place so you shouldn’t be so discriminatory when your textual aesthetics aren’t satisfied. How to fix this: Settings>Messages>Send as SMS

Having your iPhone capable to send texts but…

There have been so many times where I would have to quickly turn my data on in an Internet-less environment just to receive a message quicker. It could be easily resolved once someone notices “delivered” doesn’t appear. So send it as a text. I cannot count how many times I’ve told people that I don’t have WiFi. I’ve taught them how to send messages as normal texts without waiting a full 15 minutes for a lack-of-Internet notification. How to fix this: No way really. Just try to always have Internet.

When the grey bubble pops up, it’s letting you know that your recipient is typing something. Stop typing for that moment!

It’s similar to real conversation. Let one person speak. You speak after they finish. Having your keyboard prompts the grey ellipses, even if you aren’t typing anything. How to fix this: If you’re just reading a message and the person is still typing, keep the keyboard down.

Read receipts: Keep them on or off.

Read receipts are a touchy subject for people. Keeping them on allows people to know when you read their message. This can be good and bad. People sometimes send messages again if you don’t respond after realizing their message has been read. Keeping read receipts off can be perceived as sneaky or dishonest. Besides those annoyances, another aggravating factor is when someone has their read receipts on one day and off for the next. Keep them on or off without fluctuation. It’s simple. Flip flopping like Mitt Romney in the 2012 election is a loser move! Most likely the person who has been flip flopping will get called out anyway. How to fix this: Be consistent.

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