Rules in Text Message Etiquette

Monday, January 19, 2009

I got my own cellphone when I was in my first year in college and as a teenager I confess that because of text messaging, I got my first love and my first boyfriend. It is funny reminiscing those days but having the idea of finding your love life through text, well its not that bad... :) Text messaging is one of our way of communication nowadays but on the other hand, like those other things, we must consider things while using it...well, to cut it short, to show manners and respect to someone we want to talk to (if it is the right word for it), and here are some of those...

Rule # 1. Don't text at any hour of the night
You wouldn't necessarily call someone at midnight, so don't text either. Cellphones still ring when a text message is received so be respectful of what that person's lifestyle is.
Rule # 2. Watch your tone
Like email,your inflection in text can be read wrong. Whether you're trying to flirt or find out if the receiver is really that into you, opt for this one general tip: Don't say anything over text that you wouldn't say in person. Texting is meant to be fun and flirty, so save your little missives for cute quips and witticisms. Avoid overly racy comments unless you've been nudged on the other side first.
Rule # 3. Don't drink and text
This one pretty much speaks for itself. Alcohol and messaging is a cocktail headed for disaster. True, a lot of us do it, but if you're sending messages that are going to embarrass you later, leave you cell at home.You'll thank yourself in the morning. As for the more serious or commitment-bound affairs, pick up the phone and dial. A real voice is sure to get that person in the mood even more.
Rule # 4. Don't overdo it
Don't bombard someone with a million texts. Like instant messaging, know when to end an exchange. We're all busy people and it can make you look obsessive even though that may not have been your intention.
Rule # 5. Don't break up with someone through texting or use it to deal with any other serious issues, for that matter.
Texting does not replace human interaction no matter how much you wish it could. Having a fight with your significant other? Don't deal blows via text; call and fix your issues face-to-face. By the time you finish typing the message, anyway,you could already be enjoying the thrills of a kiss-and-make-up session.


Razak January 19, 2009 at 4:47 AM  

I'd add that you shouldn't text in drive or you'll crash a train=P

Carrie January 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

Okay, I just had to laugh. One of my husband's new employees texted him at 11:30 PM last night with something that definitely could have waited until morning -- of course the phone was right next to the bed!

Anonymous,  January 21, 2009 at 2:14 AM  

oh, its a good thing that everybody should know the values and respect other people's lifestyle even if they know the person a lot. For Carrie, hope that employee can this

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