The number of text messages we send has doubled in the past year. But etiquette experts say some messages should never be sent! Here are the five texts you should never send, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project:
- “I think we should start seeing other people,” or any other break-up message. Ending a relationship by text – even if you’ve only been dating a few weeks – sends the message that you don’t respect the person enough to spend more than a few seconds ending things. It also says you can’t handle confrontation, and you’ll get the rep as “that jerk who broke up with so-and-so via text” – then no one will want to date you!
- “Will you marry me?” It’s true – some men are actually proposing via text message. But experts say that many women have dreamed of being proposed to for their whole life – and a casual text message probably wasn’t part of that dream.
- Avoid texting anything that’s longer than two sentences. The purpose of texting is to convey quick messages. So, cut to the chase – or, go old school and call the person!
- “Happy birthday Mom!” If someone took the time to raise you, the least you can do is take the time to pick up the phone. And if you’re too busy to send a card, there are apps that’ll send a card for you. You don’t even have to go to the store to pick one out, lick the envelope, or buy a stamp. Try the app called “Cards.”
- A sext! A Pew Research Center study found that 1-in-17 adults have sent a nude or nearly nude photo. And if the photo goes viral not only is it humiliating, it’s also usually impossible to remove from online databases. And every time anyone Googles your name – from a potential date to a potential employer – they’ll see more of you than you’d like.