Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Better Communication Through Texting
With this increased textual interaction, I've found the need for improved text etiquette. Some of my text buddies are a bit on the sparse side, others a tad verbose. How do I balance my interactions with these people in a way that is neither insulting nor annoying?
I propose a set of unified texting rules that we can all refer to, as well as some new terminology and a guide to etiquette.
1. Ask about texting hours (I prefer 10am to 10pm.)
2. No naked pics unless I ask for them.
1. No more than 3 in a row before I get back to you...I'll answer when I can.
2. It's polite to send some sort of reply to let me know you got my text.
3. Text ping-pong should only happen between consenting couples.
4. If it requires more than 3 lines, call me or send an email.
Even if we all know these rules and guidelines, there's still confusion to be had. As a girl, I'm very comfortable using emoticons. Typically, guys don't. This can lead to some pretty awful misunderstandings. I'm going to suggest some terms that can help.
1. brb - If you have to leave a ping-pong match suddenly.
2. ... - More to come in a minute (can't answer now.)
3. o&o - Over and out (I'm done with this conversation.)
4. 2em - Taking the subject to email.
Will this catch on worldwide? Who knows. As long as all the people who text with me read my blog - and I know the important ones do - then at least *my* texting life will get less complicated!