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Save Space in Your Carry-On by Downloading Travel Titles

Next time you’re planning a trip to a new location, skip buying paper guidebooks and download them onto your e-reader instead. Not only will you be able to carry all of them with you on your trip, but you will be able to search the books for where to go, or for the back story on that historic building that […]

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Email Wedding Invitations: ‘Reply All’ to RSVP?

More and more people are skipping paper wedding invitations to send email instead. A new article (written by one of my students at Columbia University) describes the trend: “There are good reasons a growing number of couples go digital when they send wedding invitations: It saves money, reduces your carbon footprint and can efficiently reach friends scattered around the world,” […]

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Making Commercial Breaks Healthier—One Step at a Time

I read about this cool study the other day, where researchers found that people watching one-hour TV show who simply got off the couch and walked in place while their program went to a commercial burned a total of 148 calories and 2,111 steps over a total of 25 minutes of ads. (To compare, a more concentrated, hour-long treadmill workout […]

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Bad Manners: Using Twitter to Hound People

Director Spike Lee caused a stir this week by gossiping on the Internet. Lee re-tweeted to his 250,000 Twitter followers a Florida address purportedly belonging to a man who last month shot and killed a teenage boy who was wearing a hoodie, an incident that sparked nationwide outrage. Unfortunately, Lee re-tweeted the wrong address. As a result, “A couple who […]

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Can an Interest in Pinterest Get You Sued?

I like to pin pretty pictures on my online bulletin boards as much as the next Pinterest user.  And I love it when people “like” my choices or repin them. But not everyone feels the same way. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal raised the question of whether you can get into trouble for pinning images you don’t […]

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The New Rules for Your Cell Phone at Work

When your cell phone accompanies you to the office, it’s no longer a toy. Make sure it acts like a grownup and doesn’t distract others from work. That’s a message we hear frequently nowadays, as people try to figure out how to politely integrate their new technology into the workplace. But what constitutes good manners? In a recent story in […]

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Be Nice on Pinterest: The polite way to ‘pin’

I’ve been obsessed lately with Pinterest, the site where you can “pin” collections of interesting pictures onto an online bulletin board you share with your friends. Yeah, me and nearly 11 million other Pinterest users. You’re probably on Pinterest too, loving this well-designed new site that is on track to become the fastest-growing social networking site since Facebook. The way it […]

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‘R u on the toilet right now? Me too’

After two decades as a wife and mother, I thought I had pretty much seen it all in the “weird behavior” department. Then some of my family members (who know who you are) got addicted to texting in the toilet. It started one time after the phone rang and I got a text—“can u answer that, i am busy”— from […]

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Anybody Up for #BeNiceDecade?

Thank you, everybody, for weighing in during Real Simple’s Be Nice on the Internet Week with so many excellent suggestions about how to improve civility online.  It’s hard to pick favorites from among your tweets, email messages and comments, but here are a few of your tips I can’t resist repeating: On Twitter, reader @EtiquettePage asked: “Are you using your […]

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#BeNiceWeek: Is Your Cell Phone a Menace to Society?

The last public place you want to hear your cell phone ringing is in a concert hall, where the finely tuned acoustics will amplify  your mistake. But that’s exactly what happened at a New York Philharmonic concert a couple of nights ago, when a marimba ring tone suddenly began to compete with Mahler’s Ninth Symphony near the end of the […]

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