No matter your age, gender, economic status, home state or level of education, you have most likely sent or received a text message. I will go one step further to say that if you have never been party to a text message, then you’re probably not reading this blog either! For the rest of us, we tend to spend part of our days communicating via text messages with family, friends and even clients.
What do you think of when you think of texting? Quick, convenient and immediate are words that come to mind when I think of texts. It is easy to send, usually received very quickly and give us what we love most, immediate gratification (at least in the sense of time). What they are not (or should not be), however, is a replacement for a real conversation and true communication. Bearing this in mind, let’s look at the reality of the text message and its place in our lives.
Here are 7 do’s and don’ts regarding texting:
- DON’T let a text message take the place of an actual dialogue, especially if the subject matter is of any serious nature. A text message should be a prelude or a follow up to a conversation. 160 characters or more means the text is too long and the discussion should happen in person, via a phone call or maybe through an e-mail.
- DON’T use texting for sensitive subjects. It is difficult to convey tone accurately in a text and a message could be misconstrued. All subjects are sensitive in a work environment, even more so if they involve a superior or subordinate employee.
- DO respect people’s personal time, especially when it comes to texts. If you wouldn’t call, don’t text. Since texts are often read as they arrive, these off-hour texts should be reserved for family and close friends.
- DO announce yourself. If you’re texting someone you just met, be sure to open with your name so they aren’t confused regarding with whom they are communicating.
- DO refrain from using shorthand if you don’t know the person very well. You may share these acronyms with your kids, siblings and besties, but it is just too presumptuous to do so with someone you don’t know very well or work with. This goes for emojis too.
- DON’T text while you are with others. We’ve all done it. But have you ever watched a group of people at a restaurant as they sit together at a table in silence and text? It’s very sobering to witness. Considering how busy we all are, doesn’t it make sense to enjoy real face-to-face interactions when we can actually have them?
- Lastly, and most importantly, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE! You’ve been lucky so far. Enough said!
Can you imagine a day without texting?
It’s hard to imagine a day without texting, right? Maybe a good exercise would be to make that call in place of a text. If you find yourself texting to stay in touch with people, try setting a date to get together and really enjoy the chance to catch up with those that live close to you. Sometimes the joy is in the anticipation.
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