The 14 Commandments of Texting Etiquette (2023)

Texting is the go-to method of communication for many of us. Yet, words only play a small part in how our message is received where emotions are involved.

Texting cannot convey tone of voice, emotions, gestures, facial expressions and body language, context – all the elements of speech required for understanding emotions.

A well-intentioned but misused emoji; a rushed reply; poor punctuation. These can all lead to misconstrued messages and feelings.

Whether you’re texting a friend, colleague, or a customer, following texting etiquette can go a long way toward avoiding hurt feelings, embarrassing situations and misunderstandings . Here are the fourteen commandments to abide by in your private and professional life:

1

Thou shalt not ghost

Ghosting is the practice of suddenly withdrawing all communication without a goodbye.

This is common in online dating where there are fewer mutual connections and therefore fewer social consequences for dropping out of someone’s life, leading to hurt and confused feelings.

People who ghost are trying to avoid their own emotional discomfort, instead of having an honest conversation about how they feel, i.e. "I don’t think this is working out" . But being on the receiving end is like a texting purgatory because the recipient doesn’t know whether to follow up with a text or leave things be.

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If someone you’ve been texting reaches out and you’re no longer interested, practice compassion and let them know you’re no longer interested. Be a human, not the spectre of one.

In business, good customer service requires responsiveness . Your business may not operate 24/7, but some of your customers will. An out-of-office reply lets your customer know that their message hasn’t disappeared into a vacuum.

2

Thou shalt not be impatient

On the converse side of ghosting, our instant gratification culture means we crave instant responses. Many consider it rude to have to wait more than 20 minutes for a text reply , and read receipts serve to heighten this impatience.

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But the convenience of texting and messaging lies in the freedom to answer whenever it suits you. That's why it's important to be patient with your texting partners.

Although most of us have our phones glued to our hands, text messaging is still an intrusion into our lives. Double-texting (sending a follow-up or multiple texts) when the sender doesn’t reply, can breach social boundaries.

It's helpful to remember that we are not at the centre of anyone’s world. The sender may be engaged in any number of activities which constitute daily life, some of which require our undivided attention, e.g. driving.

It is also worth bearing in mind that text messages are not always instantaneous. Your geographical location, network traffic and carrier issues can contribute to delays .

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If it's an urgency or emergency you do, of course, need an immediate response. In those times, you'd do better to pick up the phone. Would you text 911 if you had an accident or were in the middle of giving birth?

When you're texting customers, realize that unless you've asked them a question, it's perfectly normal for them not to respond to your message. There is no reason to send out one of those automatic messages stating that "We assume to have answered your question and will now close this ticket."

3

Thou shalt not text an essay

We’ve all waited anxiously at the end of the blinking ellipsis while the sender appears to add yet another thought. However, the longer we wait, the less receptive we are at hearing what the sender has to say.

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Text messaging, by nature of its character limit, is intended for concise messages. Therefore, if a longer message is required, phone or email is more appropriate.

Send text messages to confirm if Joe will be picked up after school or if the meeting can be moved back 30 mins. Save the essay for your next book :)

Also in customer communication it's best to aim for short and sweet. The shorter the message, the easier it is to digest .

4

Thou shalt not text at unsociable hours

Sleep texting is the act of texting while sleeping, which is usually prompted by the sound of incoming messages. Research shows that the blue light of our phones not only disrupts our sleep cycles , but also leads to a lower-quality rest when returning to sleep.

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Before you forward the latest gossip about your colleague, pause and consider your recipient’s chronotype and time zone.

For commercial text messaging, it is not only etiquette, but illegal to disturb your customers in the middle of the night.

6

Thou shalt not send a "K" text

No other letter has the ability to annoy us as much as the letter "K". Although it says so little, it is open to misinterpretation.

Deemed as passive-aggressive, "K" implies you don’t care about the sender’s message. How much longer does it take to type out "okay" or "OK" anyway?

There’s little doubt that texting makes us communicate more efficiently by abbreviating words and eliminating others entirely. Yet, sending a ‘K’ is akin to receiving an insult. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch offers the following reason for this:

Anything that’s shorter can sound curter, anything that’s longer can sound more polite.

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In other words, shorter messages are more susceptible to the negativity bias .

Unless you’re hanging off the edge of a cliff, take the extra second to type out the full word and maybe add an emoji, so your recipient is not left seething.

It's also important to take the negativity bias into account when texting to customers. Although briefness adds to clarity, it can also be mistaken for rudeness. Try to make your messages short and sweet.

7

Thou shalt be explicit

One of the common causes of miscommunication arises from different mental models, i.e. the ways we perceive the world.

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"No, sorry, I can’t make it" may sound like a polite excuse to the sender but sound like an abject dismissal to the recipient.

In delicate or professional situations, err on the side of caution. To communicate clearly, you can follow a what - so what - now what approach:

I’m sorry, but I need to cancel tonight. I’ve had a long day at work and could really do with an early night. How about I make it up to you on Saturday?

This example also includes the because justification . Adding a reason makes people much more likely to accept your message.

8

Thou shalt use emoji appropriately

The well-intentioned emoji is often misunderstood. A study by the University of Minnesota attributes this to the following reasons:

Different emoji fonts. All emoji are not equal. Due to different emoji font used by smartphone manufacturers, a “grinning face emoji with smiling eyes” can be perceived more negatively on an iPhone than on an Android device:

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Different interpretations. Even on the same device, the positive ratings of emoji don’t improve significantly.

Emojis are “at most, a linguistic tool that is being used to complement our language” , according to Keith Broni, the world’s only emoji translator.

Certain emoji are also understood differently across different cultures. While the “thumbs up” emoji indicate approval in Western countries, it is traditionally considered as offensive in the Middle East.

Despite the lack of consensus, emoji-free communication is still perceived as unfriendlier . In business, emoji not only convey the tone of a message but also have an impact on likability and credibility . In other words, people are more likely to do business with you if you use emoji.

The key here is to not use the full spectrum of emoji and stick to the ones which are relatively free of misinterpretation. Very few people want to spend their time solving emoji equations to understand a text message. We recommend a minimalistic emoji approach. And when you're communicating with an international customer base , it's best to avoid hand gesture emoji altogether.

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9

Thou shalt check spelling/grammar and autocorrect

Bad spelling and grammar are deal-breakers in dating, according to a Zoosk survey . Mistakes such as confusing “they’re” or “there” indicate sloppiness or lack of attention, while more serious ones are, rightly or wrongly, attributed to lack of education.

This applies to autocorrect fails, even if the mistake is, technically speaking, not your fault. In business, such mistakes are not only humorous but can cost you a potential job.

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Autocorrect helps us type more efficiently, but it is not always accurate. The QWERTY keyboard’s grouping of letters (e.g. the letter ‘p’ is above the letter ‘l’ ) and incorrectly saved entries means that correctly spelt words are changed into ones which cause embarrassment.

To avoid misunderstandings, it’s worth taking the extra minute to proofread before hitting ‘send’.

10

Thou shalt not overuse abbreviations

Once upon a time, texting was an excruciatingly slow process where you had to tap the number 6 twice to get the letter ‘O’. Abbreviations served to shorten texts and to save time.

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As phones have evolved, this is no longer the case. Yet, obscure abbreviations/acronyms continue to emerge, e.g. IKYN (I kid you not). Never heard of it? Neither had I.

The problem with abbreviations is that not everyone understands them.

In business, too many abbreviations may alienate customers if they don’t understand them – with the exception of FYI (for your information) which is universally understood.

If you’re a heavy abbreviator, a text expander app like Typinator , saves you having to type out the full word by doing it for you when you enter an abbreviation.

If you’re texting your customers through a business solution like Userlike , there is no excuse for using abbreviations because you’re using a keyboard.

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11

Thou shalt only text when in a clear state of mind

The only thing worse than a hangover is that drunk text you sent your partner what you think of them. Like Harry Potter’s Veritaserum , alcohol acts as a truth serum, leading to decisions which you may later regret.

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Even in the absence of alcohol, texts are not an appropriate medium for expressing pent-up emotions. Tacking on emoji at the end of texts does not remove unconscious bias - the way we perceive different emotions. Throw in alcohol and emotions, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Many of us use texting messaging to avoid the discomfort of difficult conversations in person. It’s understandable if the other person is confrontational.

However, texting is an inadequate conflict resolution tool because it lacks the nuances of verbal communication (facial expressions, body language, tone). Difficult as it may be, pick up the phone or have that face-to-face communication when emotions have cooled off.

12

Thou shalt not text accidentally (on purpose)

The immediacy of text messages means we don’t often take time to check details, such as whether we’re texting the right person .

According to a survey by typing.com , 30% of respondents reported sending accidental texts about the person they were messaging about.

But are our texting gaffes really accidental or Freudian slips ? Sending a text to your boss saying how much you hate him, instead of to your colleague, may subconsciously be your resignation letter.

In business, misdialed numbers could have more serious implications, under GDPR , if sensitive information is revealed to the wrong person.

13

Thou shalt not text bad news

Ever received a text to say that you’ve been dumped? Or a text message from your client to confirm that your contract has ended? Then you will feel aggrieved that the sender did not pick up the phone.

Bad news is always hard to digest, but even harder when the sender fires off a thoughtless text which does not take into account what the recipients may be doing at the time, e.g. driving where the shock of bad news can have fatal consequences.

Opting for text to relay information about accidents, breakups or deaths can be perceived as a form of control because the recipient is left at the mercy of your message. This is because bad news has a greater effect on our emotional and psychological states than positive or neutral news.

Picking up the phone or a face-to-face meeting (if possible) is much more preferable and your recipient will be less likely to “shoot the messenger” . As a rule of thumb: the more negative the message, the more personal your channel of choice should be.

14

Thou shalt follow Hanlon's Razor

For harmonious text messaging, tolerance of different texting styles is required, which requires a dose of emotional intelligence. Not everyone is aware of texting etiquette. That doesn't mean they have bad intentions.

Although your initial knee-jerk reaction might tell you otherwise, it's best to assume miscommunication over malice .

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FAQs

What is proper etiquette for texting? ›

Don't text anything confidential, private, or potentially embarrassing. Don't be upset if your text doesn't get an immediate response—you can't know for sure when the recipient will read the message. Think of texting as a conversation: If you would respond in the conversation, then respond in the text.

Do and don'ts of texting? ›

Texting etiquette: The 10 do's and don'ts
  • Do reply promptly. ...
  • Don't text during inappropriate moments. ...
  • Do keep texts short. ...
  • Don't text sensitive news. ...
  • Do re-read your texts before sending. ...
  • Don't send too many attachments. ...
  • Don't forget to double-check the recipient. ...
  • Do use proper grammar.
20 Aug 2014

What girls should not do while texting? ›

Make a phone call to have honest communication. Or, at the very least, reply, "I'm not sure what you mean." Never be the one to initiate an argument via text. If you've just ended an emotional phone conversation, let sleeping dogs lie. Don't send any additional thoughts via text.

What time is OK to text someone? ›

When is it okay to send a text or an email? "As a general rule, you shouldn't text somebody after 9 p.m. It may be seen as an intrusion of privacy, or they may feel you're inserting a sense of urgency that doesn't need to be there.

What is the 3 day rule for texting? ›

Popularized by the romcom, the three-day dating rule insists that a person wait three full days before contacting a potential suitor. A first-day text or call is too eager, a second-day contact seems planned, but three days is, somehow, the perfect amount of time.

Is texting everyday toxic? ›

Excessive texting—especially when it involves demanding to know where someone is, who they are with, and what they are doing—is controlling and abusive. If you're in a relationship with someone who texts excessively or aggressively, you may want to distance yourself from them.

Is K rude in texting? ›

It's seen as something that we send when we're mad, frustrated, or otherwise want to put an end to a conversation. “K” is rude, dismissive, or cold. While some of us might still view “K” unattached to a nefarious meaning, it appears that the vast majority of us are well aware of its reputation.

What is emotional cheating texting? ›

Emotional infidelity texting is a form of cheating when you engage in intimate conversations with someone other than your partner. It can include sharing secrets, exchanging flirtatious messages, or even having an emotional affair online.

What do you say when someone ignores your text? ›

Texts to be sent to someone who's ignoring you
  1. 01/6Texts to be sent to someone who's ignoring you. ...
  2. 02/6“Are you alright? ...
  3. 03/6“I'm here for you whenever you want to talk” ...
  4. 04/6“I'm sad that we aren't talking right now” ...
  5. 05/6“So this happened today…” ...
  6. 06/6“I'm sorry and I respect your space”
2 Jun 2021

How do you not get dry when texting a girl? ›

20 Ways on how not to be a dry texter
  1. Reply as soon as you can. ...
  2. Avoid using one-word replies. ...
  3. Know the purpose of your reply. ...
  4. Make texting fun with GIFs and emojis. ...
  5. Make your crush smile with memes. ...
  6. Don't be afraid to ask questions. ...
  7. Show your sense of humor. ...
  8. Go ahead and flirt a little.
19 Oct 2021

What are the dangers of texting? ›

15 percent of injury crashes were the result of distracted driving. There is a 400 percent increase of time spent with eyes off the road while texting. The risk of a crash or near-crash increases by 95 percent when reaching for or dialing a phone. AAA found that 12% of crashes involved engaging with cell phones.

When a girl sees your message but doesn't reply? ›

Maybe she is waiting to respond because it's not her top priority in the moment. Maybe she's playing coy. Or maybe she just became bored of the conversation. Regardless of the reason, hitting her up again within 24 hours almost never yields good results.

How long is too long for a text reply? ›

Reply within 30–60 minutes to play it a little cool.

While it's okay to reply later if you're actually busy, purposefully waiting to text somebody might feel disrespectful if you're available. If you had to make the person wait for more than an hour, offer them an apology and explain what kept you from messaging them.

What is a texting relationship called? ›

But what happens when texts are the only way you communicate in your relationship? For some, meeting in person for a face-to-face conversation never happens. We call these a "textationship," where you're sort of in a relationship, but not really. It can happen with potential partners, co-workers, or friends.

What should you not text? ›

To make sure you're not upsetting anyone, or potentially even hurting yourself, here are 13 things to look out for.
  • Tell Someone Bad News About Your Health. ...
  • Break Up With Someone. ...
  • Bring Up An Old Argument. ...
  • Send Passwords. ...
  • Send Unsolicited Sexual Photos. ...
  • Complain About Your Workplace. ...
  • Announce A Death.
18 Dec 2017

What is the 72 hour rule in dating? ›

02/7​What is the 72-hour rule? This rule is simple. Whenever something tends to upset you or someone's actions or words infuriate you, wait for 72 hours before showing your emotions. In simpler words, hold back your immediate reaction and give yourself 72 hours before coming down to any conclusion.

Why you should not text back immediately? ›

"A text conversation can go stale in a few hours," he says. "Don't just make them wait." If you're crushing on someone, don't play mind games, he says. Healthy relationships aren't built on gaining emotional power over people by not texting them back.

When should you go no contact with someone? ›

The no contact rule generally lasts between 30 and 60 days and is best to use if you've been in a toxic relationship, gone through a rough breakup, or want to work on yourself and eventually get back together with your ex. The no contact rule gives you time to heal and prioritize yourself.

What is dry texting? ›

What Is Dry Texting? Dry texting is what happens when someone gives you short, non-engaging replies in a texting conversation. It can also be super repetitive and just plain boring, says Claudia Cox, a relationship coach and founder of Text Weapon.

Is texting nonstop abuse? ›

When a dating partner uses abusive behaviors through technology like texting, it's known as digital abuse. A dating partner may use digital abuse to bully, stalk, intimidate or harass a partner. Texting is just one way a partner using abusive behavior can exert power and control over their partner's life.

Is texting too much abuse? ›

But just as sweet messages and kiss emojis can be imparted via text, so to can harassment and manipulation. This is sometimes referred to as textual abuse, a form of dating violence that happens almost exclusively via text and involves excessive and sometimes threatening messages.

What does LOL mean from a girl? ›

Lol is an acronym of laugh out loud. It can be used as an interjection and a verb. Lol is one of the most common slang terms in electronic communications. Even though it means laugh out loud, lol is mostly used to indicate smiling or slight amusement.

What does 3 mean in texting? ›

The emoticon <3. means "Love" or "I Love You." The characters < and 3 (which together mean "less than three") form a picture of a heart on its side and are used as an emoticon, meaning "love" or "I love you." For example: Sam: <3.

What does it mean when a girl puts a period at the end of a text? ›

“We've agreed that putting a period after a one-word response in a text conveys something like abruptness, annoyance, negativity.” These findings held true with positive (“yeah” or “yup”), neutral (“maybe” or “alright”) or negative (“nope” or “nah”) responses.

What is Microcheating? ›

Micro cheating is the term used to describe behaviors that aren't traditionally considered true infidelity, but that have some features of infidelity, like dishonesty and secrecy while in a committed relationship.

What is crossing the line in flirting? ›

Flirting crosses the line when the actions becomes covert or so emotionally connected that you pursue said behavior over furthering your committed relationship.

Is flirting in text cheating? ›

Is flirting on text cheating? If your partner considers flirting over text cheating, or if your messages would upset them, then yes — it may be considered cheating in your relationship.

Is ignoring a text disrespectful? ›

And so we kind of end up where we've started: Yup, ignoring texts is rude. But there are lots of reasons to do so that may leave one without fault. So let's set some ground rules to make it easier in the future. You shouldn't ignore a text from a friend or family member.

How do you make someone feel guilty for ignoring you? ›

15 tips to make him regret ignoring you
  1. Express your feelings (to him) One of the most direct ways to learn how to make him regret ignoring you is by being upfront about it. ...
  2. Get your story straight. ...
  3. Be less available. ...
  4. Spend time with friends (especially mutual friends) ...
  5. Block him. ...
  6. Pursue other options. ...
  7. Conclusion.
21 Mar 2022

Should I message someone who is ignoring me? ›

Regardless of why you're being ignored, the worst thing you can do is to constantly hound the person. Don't send a bunch of messages, call repeatedly, or keep asking them why they're ignoring you. Give them some time to figure out how they feel and how, or if, they want to get in touch with you.

What can I say instead of WYD? ›

8 Flirty Texts to Send Instead of “Wyd?”
  • Truth or dare?
  • Memes to the rescue.
  • 3. “ Saw this and it reminded me of you”
  • A good emoji is worth a thousand words.
  • 5. “ I wish last night didn't have to end“
  • 6. “ Being with you feels like home“
  • 7. “ ...
  • Cut to the chase and ask them out!
16 Sept 2021

What are flirty questions to ask a girl? ›

75 Flirty Questions to Ask a Girl
  • What physical feature do you find most attractive in a guy? ...
  • Do you believe in love at first sight? ...
  • If I could take you out right now, where would you want to go?
  • What are your biggest turn-ons? ...
  • Do you believe in the idea of a soulmate? ...
  • Who is your celebrity crush?
3 Dec 2021

How texting affects your brain? ›

Sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of your brain waves, according to a study published in Epilepsy & Behaviour, a finding that could have significant implications for brain-computer interfacing, gaming, and driving.

Why you should not text and walk? ›

You're more likely to trip, bump into something or someone, twist your ankle, or step into traffic if you're distracted while you walk. Cuts, bruises, sprains, and even fractures are a few of the types of injuries experts are seeing an increase.

How do you respond to no response? ›

Second Follow-Up Email After No Response. When sending a second follow-up email after no response, you must think about timing first. Wait three days before getting in touch again, and always send a fresh message. Last, include a call to action that shows your prospect what you want them to do next.

Can a girl like you and not text you back? ›

Probably not, but in some cases, she might. She might not text back, which can feel like a terrible rejection. But there are other ways of rejecting you that she might use. If you text her a lot and aren't interested, she might text to explain that she doesn't want to receive your texts.

How do u make a girl miss u? ›

The best way to make her miss you is to give her the time of her life. Take her to amazing dates, cook her delicious meals or even make her go crazy with your amazing sex skills. Sing to her or take her somewhere special that she didn't expect at all.

How long should I wait to respond to his text after he ignored me? ›

So how long should you wait to text him back after he ignores you? The general consensus is that you should wait around 2 to 3 days before texting him back. This gives him the idea that you aren't constantly waiting on him, and that you are not going to be the only one to make an effort going forward.

Will a guy text if he likes you? ›

In conclusion, if he likes you, he will text you. How guys text you when they like you varies, but some are consistent. For example, a guy will ask many questions about you, text first, compliment you, send emojis, make you laugh, find reasons to talk to you, and give hints for a date.

What is clingy texting? ›

Texting lots of messages at once. Calling someone several times a day. Demanding to know where someone is or who they are with. Compulsively checking for text messages from a friend or partner. Feeling panicked when someone doesn't respond.

Can you fall in love with someone by just texting? ›

A lot of studies have shown that texting is a great way to start a romance, especially because of how convenient it is and doesn't make the people involved feel the ‌awkwardness that comes with meeting in person. An interesting research even found that it takes 163 text messages to fall in love with someone!

Can you have a relationship by only texting? ›

A texting-only relationship is usually referred to as a textationship. The term describes a relationship that's based on entirely texting and direct messages. You may bond with this person over text, share intimate details of your life, and even sext.

What texting behaviors should be avoided? ›

Don't text anything confidential, private, or potentially embarrassing. Don't be upset if your text doesn't get an immediate response—you can't know for sure when the recipient will read the message. Think of texting as a conversation: If you would respond in the conversation, then respond in the text.

What is the safest way to text someone? ›

#1 Signal. Signal is the overall winner for both iOS and Android users. Signal created an encryption protocol that is now recognized as the most secure messaging app protocol out there. It offers everything most users need – SMS, video and voice calls, group chats, file sharing, disappearing messages, etc.

What should you not say in a text message? ›

To make sure you're not upsetting anyone, or potentially even hurting yourself, here are 13 things to look out for.
  • Tell Someone Bad News About Your Health. ...
  • Break Up With Someone. ...
  • Bring Up An Old Argument. ...
  • Send Passwords. ...
  • Send Unsolicited Sexual Photos. ...
  • Complain About Your Workplace. ...
  • Announce A Death.
18 Dec 2017

Who should end the text conversation first? ›

"Always end a conversation first.

When you are talking, it's a good idea to make sure they are the one who sends the last text. That way you stay in control and aren't waiting round for them to reply."

How do I stop being rude when texting? ›

When is it acceptable to take your sweet time to reply?
  1. 1 Text unto others as you would have them text unto you.
  2. 2 Mind your surroundings.
  3. 3 Slow replies can be rude, but double texting is sometimes worse.
  4. 4 Not everything should be said via text.
  5. 5 Not every text merits a response immediately. Or maybe ever.
4 Mar 2020

What are the rules for texting a guy? ›

Three rules you want to follow when texting a guy
  • 1) Text him based on his effort. When we start talking to someone you like, it's easy to go overboard. ...
  • 2) You don't always need to talk. You don't need constant communication with each other when you first start texting a guy. ...
  • 3) Keep the conversation light-hearted and fun.
29 Jul 2022

What are toxic text messages? ›

Here is a look at signs of toxic texting.
  • You follow certain rules while texting. Texting happens naturally in normal relationships. ...
  • You feel pressured to respond immediately. ...
  • They ignore you deliberately. ...
  • Your partner texts you constantly. ...
  • They gaslight you digitally. ...
  • They take over your device.
6 Aug 2021

What does the letter K mean in a text message? ›

According to the first page of Google results about 'texting K', society views receiving this message as akin to a one-letter insult. It's seen as something that we send when we're mad, frustrated, or otherwise want to put an end to a conversation. “K” is rude, dismissive, or cold.

What to text him to make him think about you all day? ›

Texts to make him miss you

Bring up those happy times, the vacations or holidays you have spent together. Send him pictures or music that you both have enjoyed together. All of us have small things that remind us of the other. Text him when you see or hear something that you think he would like or enjoy.

What is the first rule of conversation? ›

1. Avoid unnecessary details. Don't sidetrack. For example, if the time something happened isn't important, don't waste time getting it right.

How do you tell someone to stop texting you without being rude? ›

25 effective ways to get someone to stop texting you
  1. Ask them to stop. If telling them doesn't work, you should ask them to stop. ...
  2. Send only one-word replies. ...
  3. Tell them how you feel. ...
  4. Let them know you're busy. ...
  5. Offer an alternative. ...
  6. Pretend you don't know them. ...
  7. Don't interact. ...
  8. Don't read their texts.
6 May 2022

What is a toxic Texter? ›

Toxic texting is when someone texts you toxic messages, controlling your texting life and causing you anxiety. Toxic texters may insist that their texts receive immediate attention, read all your communications and police your phone, gaslight you, and then isolate you.

How do you sound nice in a text? ›

Use "haha's" generously. When texting, the other person cannot see or hear your reaction, so things that sound nice when you say them may not read that way. Answering a casual, light-hearted question with "Yes, haha" or "Yeah" rather than just "Yes" will show your text-ee that you are in a good mood.

How do you not get dry when texting a guy? ›

20 Ways on how not to be a dry texter
  1. Reply as soon as you can. ...
  2. Avoid using one-word replies. ...
  3. Know the purpose of your reply. ...
  4. Make texting fun with GIFs and emojis. ...
  5. Make your crush smile with memes. ...
  6. Don't be afraid to ask questions. ...
  7. Show your sense of humor. ...
  8. Go ahead and flirt a little.
19 Oct 2021

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