Texting has totally made life easier, right? The first text message was sent in 1992 from Neil Papworth, a former developer at Sema Group Telecoms. Mobile phones didn’t have keyboards at the time, so Papworth had to type the message on a PC. Papworth’s text — “Merry Christmas” — was successfully sent to Richard Jarvis at Vodafone.
Where would we be without text messaging? But, do you know when you should keep your thumbs from doing the talking.? Texting grants us the liberty to be lazy to the point that we can’t even hold our phone up to our ear. On the flip side, many times, texts can be totally taken out of context, so it makes it difficult to hold a certain conversation using this means of communication. Here, 10 things to never, ever do in text form.
Deliver really bad news
When you need to tell someone something that could change their life a text message doesn’t deliver seriousness in an effective way. Ask the person for a time to meet, and note that it’s urgent. Suggest a location that is private or semi-private without distraction. If a face-to-face meeting is not possible, find a time to talk on the phone when the conversation can be private and distraction-free.
The “fw” feature makes it easy to send a copy of a text to many people. It also very conveniently allows you to alter the original message to take out things like, “Don’t tell anyone but…” for example. Tread lightly.
Any Argument Whatsoever
Nothing manages to turn what might otherwise be a tiny quarrel into a full on brawl quite like texting. Let’s not forget the fact that people can take as long as they want to respond can feel maddening.
Pictures of your privates (The “Anthony Weiner” rule…)
Also called “sexting”, Just like a tattoo, once the message is sent you can try to cover it up, but it never really goes away. Sending naked selfies might be a thing right now, but it’s not necessarily something most of us are comfortable with. You could be going viral right now and not even know it.
Texting your deepest feelings
If you have real feelings to share with someone special, pick up the phone or meet in person.
It’s hard to convey true sorrow for any kind of loss on a tiny screen.
Sloppy drunk messages
The only thing worse than the head-slamming hangover resulting from your Saturday night blackout is the pang of horror that hits you when recollecting the texts you sent the night before.
Anything directed at a single person in a group text
Your entire extended family doesn’t need to know that you want your husband to pick up the best new organic BBQ sauce.
ANYTHING IN ALL CAPS
Don’t raise your voice at me!
Is this some sort of pictograph? We have no clue what Grandma-horse-diamond-diamond means, OK? Or should we say: Okay.