Good Things Going Viral: 22 Social Rules That May Help You in 2022!
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A post recently went viral on social media, pointing out 22 social rules that may help you in 2022.


Global (09 January 2022) – There are many ways that people can influence our behaviour, but perhaps one of the most important is that the presence of others seems to set up expectations.

We do not expect people to behave randomly but to behave in certain ways in particular situations. Each social situation entails its own particular set of expectations about the “proper” way to behave. Such expectations can vary from group to group.

One way in which these expectations become apparent is when we look at the roles that people play in society.

Social roles are the part people play as members of a social group. With each social role you adopt, your behaviour changes to fit the expectations both you and others have of that role.

“Social norms are the unwritten rules of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours that are considered acceptable in a particular social group or culture. Norms provide us with an expected idea of how to behave, and function to provide order and predictability in society.”

The idea of norms provides a key to understanding social influence in general and conformity in particular.

A post recently went viral on social media, pointing out 22 social rules that may help you in 2022. This simple list is a reminder to be kinder to each other. Read it below.

22 Social Rules That May Help You in 2022!

1. Don’t call someone more than twice continuously. If they don’t pick up your call, presume they have something important to attend to.

2. Return money you have borrowed even before the person who borrowed remembers or asks for it. It shows your integrity and character. The same goes with umbrellas, pens and lunch boxes.

3. Never order the expensive dish on the menu when someone buys you a lunch or dinner.

4. Don’t ask awkward questions like “Oh, so you aren’t married yet” or “Don’t you have kids” or “Why didn’t you buy a house” or “Why don’t you buy a car?” Good grief, none of these things are your problem.

5. Always open the door for the person coming behind you. It doesn’t matter if it is a guy or a girl, senior or junior. Kindness counts. Full stop.

6. If you take a taxi with a friend and he/she pays now, try paying next time.

7. Respect different shades of opinions. Remember, what’s 6 to you will appear 9 to someone facing you. Besides, a second opinion is good for an alternative.

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8. Never interrupt people talking. Allow them to pour it out. As they say… hear them all and filter them all.

9. If you tease someone – even in a joking way – and they don’t seem to enjoy it. Stop it and never do it again.

10. Say “thank you” when someone is helping you.

11. Praise publicly. Criticize privately.

12. There’s almost never a reason to comment on someone’s weight. Just say, “you look fantastic”. If they want to talk about losing weight, they will.

13. When someone shows you a photo on their phone, don’t swipe left or right. You never know what’s next.

14. If a colleague tells you they have a doctor’s appointment, don’t ask what it’s for. Instead, say, “I hope you’re okay”. Don’t put them in the uncomfortable position of having to tell you their personal illness. If they want you to know, they’ll do so without your inquisitiveness.

15. Treat the cleaner with the same respect as the CEO. Nobody is impressed at how rude you can treat someone below you, but people will notice if you treat them with respect.

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16. If a person is speaking directly to you, staring at your phone is rude.

17. Never give advice until you’re asked.

18. When meeting someone after a long time, unless they want to talk about it, don’t ask them their age and salary.

19. Mind your business unless anything involves you directly – just stay out of it.

20. Remove your sunglasses if you are talking to anyone in the street. It is a sign of respect. Moreso, eye contact is as important as your speech.

21. Never talk about your riches in the midst of the poor. Similarly, don’t talk about your children in the midst of the barren.

22. After reading a good message, try to say “Thanks for the message”.

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