In the age of technology, we are hyper-connected to everyone we know. Texts fly from our smartphones and through the airwaves in seconds. Invariably, there are those who overstep the privilege of texting. Here are a few of the most annoying texts that should never be sent, ever.
1. Google That Text. Have you ever sent a text to a friend with a time and place for a meet up, only to get a response like “Where’s that?” Most smartphones are equipped with maps and navigation apps, so unless your friend is texting from an old Nokia, they probably have at their fingertips the very ability to look up the address and directions to the specified place. Friends, you shouldn’t have to Google things for your friends.
2. Big Long Stories. Many people wish that the Twitter character limit rule should be instated on texting. If you can’t say it in 140 characters or less, send an email. Long text messages are difficult to read on smartphones especially if they are longer than the screen. Texting is for the quick sharing of information, not telling a huge long story that your English professor would tell you to break down into paragraphs.
3. Grammar or Spelling Corrections. If’ you misspelled a word or misplaced an apostrophe, it’s not the end of the world. It definitely does not require an additional text to correct your mistake. Some people still get charged per text message received, so the additional corrective texts is another 10 cents out of their pocket. Who knows, your mistake could lead to a hilarious auto-correct.
4. Auto-texts bragging about being out of the country. If your smartphone is awesome enough to send the text equivalent of an auto-reply, then it shouldn’t be bragging about being out of the country doing something fun while the rest of us are stuck in town at work. Have fun at London’s Fashion Week; thanks for making us jealous.
5. Texts While Driving. This should be a no brainer. Don’t text from behind the wheel. Sending any of the above annoying texts or any texts at all while behind the wheel puts not just you in danger, but also the people in your car and the other cars on the road. If you’re driving alone, turn off your phone or throw it in the backseat out of reach.
Join the pledge to stop texting and driving at ItCanWait.org.