How Many Of These 20 Unspoken Rules Do You Know About?

Published 2 years ago

Its excusable when you don’t quite know your social etiquette or common courtesy cues when you’re young. But as we get older, normally most people learn to pick up a thing or two about the hidden rules behind co-existing in society. After all, the world would be a nicer place if we all learned to get along in such a way that reflects that our actions are not selfish or ‘me-centric’ one would think; right?

So, what are a few unspoken and unwritten rules that exist in the world? A bunch of people revealed what they felt society as a whole should be aware of and we thought there were some pretty valid ones! Check out the list below and let us know if you agree or disagree. Or just tell us whether there are any that you feel were missed out on and what they are!

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Image source: Kezhia, Holly Lay

When dropping a friend off at home late at night make sure to stick around until they enter the house. You might not know if they left their keys and be locked out while you drive away. They may need to stay the night and sort things out in the morning.


Image source: [deleted], Aure Séguier

You’re supposed to hold the door when you walk in after someone. Not just leave them there to hold the door for the stampede of people after you. It’s a pass-off deal.


Image source: tupungato, Frederick Dennstedt

Do not put your bag on a seat next to you on the bus/train if there are no seats left.


Image source: miranders, MelisaTG

When in a busy place and walking at a leisurely pace, for f***’s sake, stay to the right. Or at least try to get single-file with the other dawdlers.


Image source: Astromachine, Tracie Hall

This is a work related one.

Just because my office is closest to the printer, does not mean I am there to fix it for you or tell you how it works. I figured it out, so can you.


Image source: mortimer_the_moose, Brave New Films

Phone calls: If the call gets disconnected for ANY reason, the person who originally made the call should be the one to call back.


Image source: NickDWolfwood2, Chris Gladis

If I am walking my dog(s) and specifically trying to avoid you walking with your dogs. Don’t come over to me and try to chat it up. Also do not let your kids come and pet my (or ANY) dog without asking first!


Image source: FaroutIGE, kayatheshepherd

When someone says “Don’t look now…but” you must immediately look with the most animated expression you can muster.


Image source: UsernameTooShort, Aapo Haapanen

If you’re sitting with a group watching tv and you get a phone call, get the f**k out of the room. If you sit there and talk you are a d**k.


Image source: nothreaux, Tim Parkinson

Your phone’s microphone is right next to your mouth during normal use. Using your outdoor voice does not improve call clarity.


Image source: ThePeskyWabbit, nikkirjakub

if you don’t know the other guy, downward nod. If you are friends, upwards nod.


Image source: borumlive, Romain Guy

if you don’t have anything nice to say, say it in your head and remember it for later when you can tell people who will think it’s funny.


Image source: DaBahoo, dave_7

Never touch buttons when in somebody’s car. If you want to change the song or turn on the heater, ask the driver if it is OK to do so. They know how everything in their car works to ensure that no settings get f****d up.


Image source: Sal9, jim

“Don’t F**k With Someone Who Handles Your Food”


Image source: FirenMedic, Josh Graciano

When you know someone is unleashing a torpedo in the same public washroom and you are washing your hands, use the air dryer instead of paper towels.

It helps nervous people.


Image source: TheEmsleyan, flamingo331

If you are my roommate, I don’t mind sharing my sh*t with you – but do not use up all of something I bought, and then not tell me. Because when I go to make a sandwich and all my cheese is gone and I had no idea, I’m going to be really annoyed.


Image source: SerArysOakheart, Marcus Quigmire

The last piece of gum in a pack is reserved for the owner of the pack.


Image source: BaconIsAFruit, bobbsled

Just open your f*****g can of soda/bag of chips. It will make noise no matter what; make it quick.


Image source: Drewbus, vloss

“Try not to cause an inconvenience to someone else.”

The reasoning behind every legit rule can rely on that.


Image source: MST3Kimber, Ondřej Vaněček

Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.



Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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