There’s no reason that your text messages should be misconstrued. Sure, half the text message medium is based on the receiver’s perception of said message, but truthfully, how do you expect to prosper in conversation without the proper manipulation of texting? Now (as the face-to-face interpersonal purists have a fit) let’s face it: this generation was raised within the birth of the text messaging era. We should, undoubtedly, know how to convey–at the very least–a decent text. And I know, there are a few convos that are better discussed in person, but the little stuff or the get-to-know-you texts should never warrant a I-don’t-get-it side-eye. Here are a few simple (and obvious) ways for you to get your message across without flaw. And some of these rules can go for your 140-character tweets too…
Yeah, people think it’s “cool” to use text abbreviations, but it’s very loser-ish for you to flaunt your outright illiteracy. Honestly, if you have a phone (whether you pay your bill or not), you should be able to spell and put proper sentences together. You don’t have to be a words connesiuer or a grammar guru but if you’re having a huge problem with the difference between “they’re” “their” and “there,” just give it up.
WATCH YOUR TONE
Watch the energy you’re putting into your text. As crazy as it sounds, a reader can pick up your attitude as soon as the phone buzzes. Furthermore, chill on the exclamation marks and the all caps. That’s yelling (DUH!), and it’s rude. Unless, of course, you are yelling. If you need a few ounces of extra emotions, add an emoticon and keep it movin.’ Order your words and phrase things appropriately, in order to avoid miscommunications.
The right person. It takes a few seconds to double check your To: box, so make sure you’re sending your sexts to your boo and not your mom. Deny learning this rule, and prepare for some crazy complications!
KEEP IT SHORT
I, admittedly, suck at this rule. However, it’s better to keep your text messages and concise instead of lengthy like epic novels. Imagine you have a character limit and learn how to say as much as possible in the fewest of words. Once you get this down pat, watching your tone (see page 3) will be a piece of cake.
If you can’t manage these simple ways of stepping your text messaging game up, just pick up the phone. You may be better off!