Sunday, April 3, 2011

Texting Etiquette 101

This is a common sight across BYU's campus. If it isn't someone texting it is someone on their phone, ipod, or some other electronic device. Now I don't remove myself from this group of tech savvy people at all, no far from that. The only time it really bothers me is when I am in the library studying and about 10 feet from me is someone talking loudly on their phone. I don't mind the constant hum of text messages flying about but seriously? If the call is that important please take it out to the stairwell. Little things like this common courtesy are being lost in society as "cell phone" etiquette is modified and then eventually just forgotten.

Then there are few things that just get ridiculous. In a group of people there will always be that one person who is texting the entire time. I'm a firm believer that on dates especially you shouldn't be texting other people. If it is really urgent then yes there are exceptions but you are with someone else, a live person, someone who obviously wants to get to know you better and to be carrying on a conversation with someone else at that time is just plain rude. There is no other way to put it.

The scariest of all is people who text and drive. I don't care how important that person texting you is. Under no circumstances is it worth it to put your own life and others lives at risk for a texting conversation. So please never do this. If someone I am riding with starts to do this I will simply ask them to put the phone away. It makes me so nervous!

Here are a few texting rules:


2 Don't text on a date.

3. If you want to have a serious conversation call the person or even better go and visit them!

4. Never use texting lingo like in the comic. It is lame and immature.

5. When walking across campus while trying to text people please keep in mind that others are around you and say sorry if you run into someone. (can't tell you how many times this has happened to me)

6. In social settings it's ok to text occasionally but if you are with a group of people your main attention should be on them.

7. Be mindful of other people's schedules and if they don't text you back right away don't get upset. There is probably a good reason.

8. If someone takes the time to text you a long message and you answer back with Hey or another simple phrase this is an instant turn off.

9. While in class don't laugh/chuckle/etc at your phone. It is distracting.

10. Be aware of the tone of your text message. Things can be taken the wrong way if you aren't careful. This includes all those emoticons like ;-)  :) or :P

Well there you have it. If you want to see the full size of the comic go here: comic
Hope you can take a few of these into consideration. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I know I will. See ya...

Random Fact: The leading cause of deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4 is motor vehicle crashes.

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