Texting Rules To Live By

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Have you ever been frustrated by unwanted texts? Have you ever sent a text, received no response, and wondered what the time frame of a proper reply is? Have you ever ignored a text? Of course you have! In this day and age text messaging has become an integral mode of communication -and unfortunately miscommunication- especially for students. We now use text messages for everything. You text your boss to tell them you’re running late. You text your friends to catch up and plan hang outs. You even text your parents… well maybe to tell them to stop texting you. Still, all this texting leaves our society in a dilemma: what exactly is the etiquette of texting?

Since there really isn’t any Texting Etiquette classes you can take, and no real standard for texting etiquette, we asked those who know best about texting: students! And based on their responses we’ve come up with 4 Golden Rules of Texting Etiquette:

Rule #1: Text only when more than one other person is present

When sending a text, NYIT student Palavi Khanna, a senior studying Life Sciences says that it is important to be observant of where you are and who you are with. She says, “I hate when I’m out at a restaurant with someone and they start texting, it’s not ok when there’s only you and one other person but it is ok [to text] when more than two people are in your party.” Anyone sending text messages has to therefore be vigilant whether or not the person they are with will be offended by their attention to their phone rather than the person in front of them. Often times, texting while you are with someone else can be interpreted as a lack of interest in the person you are with, and thus can affect your relationship or friendship with that person negatively.

Rule #2: Response times depend on your relationship with the text recipient

So once you send a text, after carefully making sure that you aren’t neglecting anyone in the process, the first question that may pop into your mind may be, “When do I get a reply?” Several NYIT students agreed that the answer to this question depends on who the text is being sent to, the subject of the text, and what time of the day the text was sent. Melissa Marin, a sophomore Communication Arts film production major, says, “It depends on how close I am with the person, so the time frame of replies can range from one hour to one week.” Usually, people cite that the person they are texting will usually know the time frame they have to reply in, if it’s a text for school or work. Socially, the time frame is more blurred.

Rule #3: Never feel compelled to reply to annoying texts

So what about those text messages you get from people you don’t want to talk to? Palavi Khanna says that when you’re receiving texts from someone you don’t want to text, simply don’t reply. People who are sending annoying texts may not even be aware that they are being annoying, and they may actually infer that they are just being friendly or conversational. In such cases, it is necessary to not text the person back but to rather explain to the individual, face to face, that you can’t text them so often. Using this technique, you are not being mean via text but are rather explaining that you don’t want unwanted text messages from said person. If a face to face conversation isn’t possible, a phone call is also a good way to talk to the person.

Rule #4: To text or not to text? When that is the question, here’s the rule

The issues that make text messaging a hassle can be avoided if you use text messages as add-ons to face to face interactions, not substitutes. If you are texting a friend, conversations shouldn’t always be via text, but should only be continued using text messaging if necessary. Real life interactions are what build professional and social relationships, thus texting should always be used minimally in order to have lasting and less confusing conversations. But if texting is necessary, make sure you do it with regard to your surroundings as well as with regard to the person you are texting so as to mind your texting manners.

 

 

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