The 6 rules of “WhatsApping”

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WhatsApp became the number one instant messaging application for smartphones in Lebanon this year, gradually replacing the BlackBerry messenger and regular SMS. But this doesn’t mean that this magical application is flawless.

WhatsApp overtook the market by storm thanks to its simple yet effective platform. In addition to basic messaging, WhatsApp Messenger users can send each other images, video and audio media messages.

The broadcast and group chat functions are also becoming more popular amongst users and proving to be very effective for marketing purposes.

But just like SMS and BBM, WhatsApp has its own do’s and don’ts:

1- Don’t WhatsApp and drive.

Don’t use WhatsApp while you’re on the wheel, just like you shouldn’t do any other activity while driving. If it’s an emergency, (or you just can’t wait to tell your boyfriend that you love him) park your car on the side of the road and take your time.

P.S: Keep in mind that touch messaging (for iPhone users) is much more impairing than regular messaging.

2- Use it discretely

The beeps of WhatsApp are just as annoying as any other IM sounds when you’re in crowded silent waiting room. We all know how disturbing it is when everyone is talking at the same time, now imagine if every single person’s smartphone is beeping at the same time, in the same room.

3- Avoid using WhatsApp when socializing

When you’re out on a date or hanging out with friends, it is extremely impolite to use WhatsApp while your friend or date is trying to engage in a real, human conversation with you. Even if you are listening to them, the absence of eye contact is degrading and will certainly bother them. WhatsApp can wait, if it’s an emergency, apologize and settle it over the phone or in the restroom.

4- Don’t communicate with your boss on WhatsApp

Unless your boss has explicitly informed you that he would like to communicate with you on WhatsApp, don’t use it to inform him you’re going to be late or whether or not you signed the important agreement or not. In business, human contact is extremely important. Don’t lose it, use it!

5- Don’t make life-changing decisions through WhatsApp

Back in the days, breaking up over MSN or mIRC was considered a crime by most women. WhatsApp isn’t any different, don’t break up with your boyfriend on WhatsApp, don’t wake him up at 5 in the morning to tell him you’re thinking about him. Sure, WhatsApp is very similar to SMS, but it is more of an interactive application.

6- Don’t harass your friends

If it takes your friends an extra five minutes to answer you, don’t panic. They could be in a meeting, driving, having lunch, in the movies etc… Even if they were “last seen” a while ago, this doesn’t mean they should answer you at once!

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