20 things you should never text
Texting is ideal for a great many things. Fighting is not one of them. First, if you’re in a fight you likely have more to communicate than 160 characters and a few poorly constructed abbreviations can express. Second, the likelihood your messages will be misinterpreted (by your recipient or anyone else she or he is showing them to) is absurdly high and will only serve to escalate the argument. Fights are best conducted in person or, at the very least, by phone.
-- By Katherine West Slevin
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Studies show that anywhere from 7 percent to 20 percent of teens have sexted. While it’s true that most of the studies on sexting have been conducted among teens, you needn’t look any further than Anthony Weiner to prove that the act of sending sexually explicit images via text is not only for the young. When it comes to sexting, there are many reasons to abstain. Aside from it being generally creepy, texted images are not as private as you may think and can be forwarded and/or hacked at will. Plus, call me old fashioned, but some things are just better done in person. Sex is one of them.
There are few things less professional than texting your resignation. Whether you’ve been with your employer for a few days or a few years, have the courtesy to quit in person, or to at least pick up the phone.
While texting your recent engagement might be appropriate for a certain set of casual friends and acquaintances, go in for a more personal delivery for close friends and family—especially those you plan to ask to be in the wedding.
There are some key people—the father- and grandparents-to-be, for example—who deserve to hear the news of your pregnancy in a more thoughtful way than by text message. Take the time to tell your baby’s daddy, your parents and in-laws, and other close family and friends the news of your impending arrival in person (or via Skype™ or phone if some of those people live far away).
I don’t care how angry you are. Breaking up with your significant other via text is poor form. At one point, you cared about this person and they cared about you (even if that may not be the case anymore). Give them, and the time you spent together, the respect they deserve and end things face-to-face.
Ah, sarcasm. While sarcasm is one of my all-time favorite modes of expression, it often requires nuance, moderation and the accompaniment of tone and facial cues to keep it from sliding from humor into meanness. None of which are possible via text. If your recipient isn’t intimately familiar with your humor (or is feeling particularly sensitive), you may want to steer clear of sarcasm. More to the point, if your message or its tone could be easily misconstrued, you may want to rethink sending it.
Mistakenly autocorrected texts
In the world of rampant identity theft, it’s best to make a blanket rule not to text (or email) sensitive personal information such as your social security number, bank account or credit card information. Never respond to texts asking for this information, as they are likely a scam. Even if you know who you are sending the information to, texts and unencrypted emails are not secure and can be accessed by numerous people and servers on their way to your intended recipient. So, keep your personal information secure and out of your texts.
Texting is commonly referred to as SMS (short message service), and in many parts of the world it is meant to be just that: a way to send and receive short messages. It is not a replacement for email or long, in-depth conversations about the meaning of life. If you need to communicate more than a few words, perhaps a couple of sentences, call, email or write a letter instead.