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Texting Etiquette: Time To Clean Up Your Act

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.

madhatter madhatter 10 years
I think it's fine to text - I don't have a problem with it, but I wish that people would THINK before they just pressed send. With options like T9 and spell check (!) it should be easy to spell words properly. Other big pet peeve - having to cycle through every word possible before finding the curse that I want. And the fact that of comes before me in T9.
shopalot1212 shopalot1212 10 years
i text all the time and i always go over does any one know of a plan that's cheep and unlimited
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 10 years
We were just talking about this in my speech class! This is one of my biggest pet peeves! I think texting is so impersonal! Nowadays people use this as an excuse to not have to talk anymore. Instead of callng-they text or email! Dont get me wrong, I think texting is useful when you need to talk to someone and you cant exactly call, but there are times and places for it. I especially hate it when your with someone and they are constantley texting someone else...way to make you feel unimportant! Come on people! Have respect!
extremesock extremesock 10 years
Worst text message etiquette ever: Text message chain mails. I HATE THEM. It was bad enough getting them in an email, now I have to PAY for that bullcrap. Meh.
ZergGirl ZergGirl 10 years
My feeling exactly RainbowCrayon. Texting me that it's over would NOT save a guy from my wrath; in fact, I would probably be more enraged by that action. My sister uses text-spelling, but I just can't bring myself to do that. Plus, USE PUNCTUATION!! I do take the extra 6 clicks to put an apostrophe where it is needed. It belongs there. You have to use it. At least, in my little Zerg world you do. But it drives me crazy that she won't take the time to do that. Nit-picking. It's what older sisters are for... ~grin~
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 10 years
Can I jsut say something.. This was said "11 percent of Americans say breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message is okay" First off, Oh hell no. Second off just because I know my fiancee reads this stuff to get a leg up ( so to speak ) about what the hell I'm talking about. If my man dumped me in a text message, there would be about a 5 second delay before I was in my car and at his house screaming at him for being a wuss. Man that's rude.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
First of all - it takes forever! Second of all - email is way better than text messaging. I understand that there is a place for texting - small questions that aren't imperative, but nice to know. Or if someone is at work and you have a quick question, but totally no replacing conversations with text messages!
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
Texting gets me through my classes. But i hate when people use text spelling-first off i get confused and i just feel dumb reading it. And i would hate to get dump by a text message to me that seem like a last minute idea. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
eileenmarie eileenmarie 10 years
id be lost without text msg'ing. and i find this absolutely hilarious because its so true.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
Texting is so popular in England and but I truly despise it, when did it become ok not to be able to spell properly? I also hate it when people send small talk by text ('How R U?' or 'Hello'), do they honestly think I'm going to have a conversation via text, why not phone me? Although, I admit I have TUI'd.
jahnut jahnut 10 years
I hate 'text speek', what's wrong with writing things down properly? Texts are cheap anyway, there's no need to skimp on spelling!
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