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The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

Updated April 23, 2020 63.8k votes 4.3k voters 87.7k views58 items

List RulesUnspoken social rules only, not laws like 'don't jaywalk'.

It's probably always been this way, but doesn't it seem like there are a lot of a**holes just everywhere nowadays? We are social animals, we have to deal with each other every day. Why make things so awful? Just... simple stuff. Be polite, pay attention, toss out a kindness every now and then. And if those things are too tough, then, please, at least just stop being such a jerk. Vote for the ones you wish more people would obey, and add whatever you think is missing.
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    2,200
    68

    Cover Your Mouth When You Sneeze/cough

  • 2
    2,076
    84

    Clean up after yourself

  • 3
    1,501
    45

    Flush the Toilet After You Use It

  • 4
    1,975
    109

    Don't Park Like A Jerk

    If you're afraid of damage to your precious car, leave it in the garage at home.
  • 5
    1,994
    93

    Give Others Their Personal Space

    ...guy in line behind me. Jesus!
  • 6
    1,764
    129

    Be Ready When You Get to the Front of the Line

    Is it possible you didn't know you would have to pay?
  • 7
    1,807
    122

    Let People Off the Elevator Before Getting On

  • 8
    1,819
    127

    Take Your Loud/crying Children Out of Movie Theaters

  • 9
    2,027
    93

    Say Please and Thank You

  • 10
    1,745
    130

    Wash Your Hands

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    1,148
    126

    Don't Cruise Slowly in the Left Lane.

  • 12
    1,060
    86

    In general, don't be a d*ck.

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    1,423
    103

    Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

    This one can cover driving, walking, standing, sitting, etc
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    1,233
    90

    Hold the Door for the Person Behind You

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    1,139
    81

    Wave As a Gesture of Thanks When a Fellow Driver Lets You Merge or Turn In-Front of Them

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    849
    86

    Give a Thank You Wave When Someone Stops Their Car to Let You Cross.

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    1,333
    190

    Don't Text While Someone Is Talking to You.

  • 18
    1,197
    107

    If Someone Says Hello to You, Say It Back.

  • 19
    1,297
    161

    Don't Talk Over People

  • 20
    798
    75

    Drive With the Flow of Traffic

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    1,233
    206

    Mind Your Own Business

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    1,399
    145

    Slow Traffic Move Right!

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    1,096
    192

    Do Not Be Racist, Ever

  • 24
    1,392
    225

    Don't Smoke in Public Indoor Spaces

  • 25
    1,515
    190

    Don't Use Your Phone in a Movie Theater