Last year BuzzFeed published a humorous video exaggerating some potentially annoying texting habits some of us have:
I thought it would be fun to do a quick analysis on the video and comment on ways that we can avoid these texting pratfalls in our daily conversations! So here goes.
This texting habit is typically the result of laziness! Either that or we’re in too much of a hurry. The solution is very simple: read the other person’s text carefully before you respond! Texts are usually only 1-3 sentences long anyway, so there’s not much of an excuse.
Everything is somehow hilarious
I’ll admit that before the days of emojis I fell into this habit often. Everything was “haha” and “lol” – even things that weren’t really funny. I guess it was my way of conveying a friendly demeanor without the use of body language. But nowadays we have emojis, so use those to your benefit instead!
If you’re on a group text, try not to carry on too much of a conversation! We all know how annoying that can be. And on the other end of things, try hard not to initiate a group text if you can avoid it! Especially if the people in the group don’t all know each other well.
This is an example of someone who doesn’t check their text messages enough! If you’re going to ask a leading question make sure you’re around to finish the conversation when someone replies. If you’re not going to be by your phone, you might as well just conclude your thought in the original message!
I don’t think you should be too hard on people for this one. It seems like people are just using all caps because they aren’t the most technologically savvy and can’t figure out how to turn it off. Try to cut ’em some slack!
Can’t say that I’ve encountered people like this in my texting ventures but I can see how it would be annoying! I would say just ask what you want for upfront rather than making meaningless small talk. The great thing about texting is that you can cut through the small talk!
Honestly this one doesn’t bother me too much. If someone is under emotional straits and needs to confide in me and their preferred means of confiding is a text, I’m all ears. (Or all thumbs?) I personally have had times in my life when I wanted to confide but a phone call was not a viable option, so I did it through texting! Not necessarily ideal but sometimes it works.
Silent but deadly
I (almost) literally lol’d at this. There aren’t many worse feelings than when you say something important in a text and wait with baited breath for the other person to respond. The solution? Try avoiding saying things like that in a text. (Here’s a hint in case you needed it: The first time you say “I love you” should most definitely NOT be in a text!)
Bottom line? When texting, remember 2 things to avoid annoying texting habits: be wise and be considerate.
But also don’t forget to have fun!