Texting is a quick and easy way to communicate without having to pick up the phone and make a call. It’s usually a painless process, but sometimes mistakes happen and all hell breaks loose. If you don’t want to damage relationships you value, ruin your opportunity at a date or you just don’t want to be embarrassed, then try your best at avoiding these texting mishaps.
1. You send your messages quickly without reading them over.
You might want to reread your messages before you hit send because auto-correct has a funny sense of humor. Many awkward conversations have occurred thanks to this sneaky phone feature.
2. You’re using too few or too MANY emoji’s
If you don’t send emoji’s you might come off uptight and too serious. On the other hand if you send too many you may come off desperate and a little crazy. Good luck with finding a happy medium.
3. You like texting sarcastic comments.
Think of how saying, “It’s none of your business” in a serious tone versus a playful tone completely changes the meaning. Keep in mind the person you’re texting can’t tell if you’re being serious or not. You may end up starting a fight for no reason at all.
4. You’re trying to come off aloof and mysterious.
It could seem like a flirty tactic to not be straight forward in your text exchange with a prospective partner. While this could be acceptable once in a while, for the most part it comes off as confusing and frustrating. If you’re trying to get to know someone better through text, it is better to write with clarity since this will be the foundation of your communication.
5. You like to explain yourself in messages that are too long.
This is acceptable if you are sending your editor a chapter for your next novel. If this is not the case, save the lengthy words for an in-person or phone conversation. Please.
6. You’re not giving the other person time to respond.
If you sent someone a text and are eager for a response, just wait for the response. It is rude and a little obsessive to send multiple messages asking for a reply. In fact, it might end up making them ignore you forever.
7. You purposely take too long to respond to someone.
If you think it makes you look better to make someone wait for your responses, you’re wrong. Imagine you said something to someone and they turned their back to you for a long period of time before they responded. You probably wouldn’t like that very much.
Disclaimer: The insights of this article are the opinion of the author.