The Unwritten Rules Of Texting: 5 Reasons To Think Before You Hit Send

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As a generation, we are the ultimate texters. Don’t believe me? What if I told you that you send on average 109.5 messages per day? In fact, we love to text so much that over half of us would rather send a message than make a call.

That’s all well and good (it’s far easier to pretend to be the confident person you want to be when you’re hidden behind a screen), but there’s no denying that there are some things that should absolutely not be sent over text.

Here are 5 of them:

The profuse apology.
How many times have you done something and then sent a WhatsApp or a text apologizing. People say it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission, but a sorry over message shows absolutely no remorse. Anyone can type a heartless apology, but it is anything but heartfelt if it’s not communicated face-to-face.

That juicy secret.
Write it in a text and it’s there to be under the power of screenshot for the whole world to see. There’s no denying it’s true, it’s right there written in black and white. If you are gonna spill your secrets, make sure you’re telling someone you really trust. Even if they don’t show anyone, there’s always the chance that someone will accidentally read it.

 

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The dumping text.
I know it sounds obvious, but you would be surprised how many of my friends have been through this dreaded experience. Not only is it hard for the person receiving it, it doesn’t look too good on you. Ghosting is a thing, and we don’t condone that either.

The best news ever. 
No amount of emojis can communicate a big announcement with enough enthusiasm. There is some news that’s far too important to be sent over by text, and is instead more than deserving of a real-life, physical celebration.

The drunk thoughts message
We’ve all been there. Panicking, as our clouded memories can’t quite place what it was that we sent after one too many mojitos. As we turn over the screen and see nonsense that can just about me made out as a pathetic ‘I miss you’ to an ex, we feel nothing but dread. It has been said to you before and I’ll tell you again…drunk texting is never a good idea.

 

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  • Love this! I really need to think before I hit send….and spellcheck!

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  • Jen

    This list cracks me up actually. My ex dumped his ex via text message. While she was at work. In Disneyland. Some people never grow up!

    http://decoratethesoul.blogspot.com/

  • Prerna Bhatt

    Breakup over text is the worst of ’em all!

    http://www.prerislife.com

    • Cupcake_1

      And I heard that men do this 70% more than women! They break up via texting constantly…

  • I’m guilty of the good news text. This post is a great one because texting has taken over the world with the kind of smartphones we have these days, we often forget how important face-to-face communication is because we are so used to the convenience of sending a text. Thanks for this! I needed this reminder.

    Xo, Meliza Joyce | melizajoyce.blogspot.com

  • Elishia Chave

    You forgot sending a text to the wrong person!!! I have done that before and never ever again will I send before checking!

    http://www.englishgirlinnewyork.org