I may be a geek, but there are a few geeky habits I can't stand. The first is replacing genuine emotion with emoticons. The second is replacing "be right back" with "brb" and spelling "how are you doing love?" with "how r u doing <3?" in a text message. While it's been reported that romantic text messages are on the rise it's also been reported that 11 percent of Americans say breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message is okay, a number that is not okay by me. Open Loops has put together a great list of text etiquette items that I suggest you memorize. And seriously, if anyone ever breaks up with me via text, well you didn't deserve me anyway. To check out the list,
- Don’t replace all communication with texts. It’s the same within a business environment as it is with personal relationships, texting cannot communicate those subtle nuances that accompany face-to-face meetings or even phone calls.
- Don’t deliver bad news by text.
- Texts should be short and sweet – Verizon says that anything over 160 characters should be an email.
- Don’t expect your text to get to your recipient the minute you hit “send." I’ve seen messages take days to get there. If it’s time sensitive, call. I sent one text in reply to one that I received and it was delivered the following day…at least 30 times. My recipient sent me one back saying, “Make it stop!”
- Don’t send texts while under the influence…bad move.
- Check the recipient’s number BEFORE you hit “send." Your boss might not like receiving the love letter you thought you sent to your girlfriend.
For the complete list, visit Open Loops.