Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Texting Etiquette – The Dos and Don’ts of Text Messaging

We all know someone (or many someones) who has let text messaging replace phone calls. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s your spouse, bff or teenage kid. Sometimes it even seems like younger generations don’t know how to dial a phone—but can text you a book in less than two minutes.

Just like anything else, there are etiquette guidelines for texting. Without getting too into the ins and outs of etiquette, we’ve compiled a few of the rules we suggest you observe.

Don’t let texting interrupt face-to-face relationships. Face it; it’s rude to text when you’re out with other people. Have you ever been having dinner with your best friend, significant other or even on a date and the other person gets a text message? While you’re trying to tell them about your day, all you see is the back of their phone. Consider silencing your phone during dinner, as the text can likely wait.

Don’t let texting ruin your grammar skills. Text messages are meant ot be short, quick exchanges of information. When it comes to sharing large amounts of details, pick up the phone and call instead. Similarly, texts shouldn’t be too difficult so use simple words and sentences—but don’t over do it on the slang. Proper spelling needn’t be neglected.

Don’t reply just for the sake of texting. That’s right—a reply is not always necessary. Sometimes a simple “K” can be more annoying than worthwhile.

Do text at appropriate times. Be conscious of others schedules. Need to send a text to someone in a different state or country? Be aware of their time zones and consider their daily schedule. It’s not fun to wake up to a text at 3 a.m. or have your cell buzz during a client meeting.

Don’t text while behind the wheel. Not only is texting and driving illegal in most states, but it’s also unsafe. Many accidents are caused by texters not keeping their eyes on the road. Instead of texting, why not make a hands-free phone call with ZOMM’s speakerphone option?

Hopefully these rules will help keep you from a problem like this:

What text etiquette rules would you add to this list?

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