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How To Be A Gentleman In A Digital World

April 2019Words by Mr Alfred Tong

Illustration by Mr Giordano Poloni

Hopefully, no one who reads MR PORTER has ever been an internet troll – but there is more to being a decent gentleman online than avoiding immature conflict. 

Cc’ing colleagues into emails unnecessarily and clogging up their inboxes. Incessant bragging on Instagram – do we really need to see an unboxing video of your new Yeezy Boosts? And let’s not mention all those lovers you’ve heartlessly ghosted. The world of digital communications is fraught with behaviour that can seem rude and unprofessional.

“Good manners apply to our digital selves just as much as they do in IRL,” says Ms Victoria Turk, senior editor at British WIRED magazine, and author of Digital Etiquette, an irreverent guide to how we can all contribute to making the online world a nicer, more civilised place in which to inhabit. “You might know your way around a dinner party, but how confident are you on the etiquette of WhatsApp groups? I wanted to write a Debrett’s guide to digital communications.”