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Rules and Etiquette For Text Messaging

4 Ways to Be a Conscientious Texter

Text messaging can be a tricky world to navigate; ignoring real life for the digital can cause offense, while failing to respond to a text may leave others furious. Naturally, the experts in etiquette at the Emily Post Institute have a guide for keeping the tech-savvy public polite in their texting. Here's what you need to know to text with care.

  1. Don't text when you wouldn't call — As the Emily Post Institute says, "text messaging is not an alternative to using the phone when calling would be considered rude." If you're not taking a call during a business meeting or class, don't start texting either.
  2. Keep it on the down-low — "Don't text-message anything confidential, private, or potentially embarrassing." There's always the chance a significant other or co-worker may be looking over your shoulder when you're checking in on a recent friend-venting session.
  3. Respect is key — Remember, no one can judge your tone on a text, therefore others might not realize when things are urgent or they might think you're handling a sensitive situation rudely. Keep all important updates including urgent business or upsetting personal news to a real phone call.
  4. Stay cool — A handy lesson, especially in the tumultuous beginnings of a new relationship: keep calm when you don't get an immediate reply from someone. You never know what they're caught up in and why they can't return your text.

Do you have any tips to improve texting etiquette? Share them in the comments!

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