The American Speech and Hearing Association or ASHA defines social communication as “the use of language in social contexts. It encompasses social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics, and language processing.”
This means communicating socially is complex and involves skills that are rarely taught. These include taking the perspective of others, the ability to comprehend and employ rules for verbal and nonverbal communication, when to vary our speech style, and how to use the structural aspects of language to accomplish these goals. There are no standards to define what is socially acceptable which adds complication. There is a wide, varied range of what individuals, families, and cultures deem socially appropriate.