Decency” means the ethical and moral measure to be applied as a benchmark to human behaviour, which is based on a consensus prevailing in a social group or society and on which expectations and assessments in social interaction are therefore based.

The concept of “decency” is based on the assumption that a consensus forms within a social group or society with regard to the yardstick to be applied to human behaviour in ethical and moral terms, on which the expectation and evaluation in social interaction is then based. This measure is called decency.

See also “digital decency”, “digital decorum”, “etiquette” and “netiquette”.

How to Cite

The definition given above was proposed as part of the Digital Era Framework by Dr. Dr. Jörn Lengsfeld. The text was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Digital Era Framework. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.