People text message pretty much anywhere and at anytime. Text messages allow you to ask quick questions, without needing long drawn out conversations. Sending a text message for directions or just to say “hi” is a convenient way to communicate with family and friends. However, there are some things that should never be communicated in a text message.
Of course there are always exceptions to a rule. Tread lightly.åÊHere are six things you probably shouldn’t text in your text message:
1. Don’t text anything incriminating
While it may be nice to vent to your co-worker about how much you hate your boss, text messaging them your rants may not be the best thing. You may want to save those rants for face-to-face conversations that probably won’t be video taped or documented.
Friends come and go, but text messages can be saved! You may never know when your friend will become a “frenemy.” Your friend turned enemy, may use your text messages against you with friends, your boss or even in the court of law!
2. Don’t text really bad news
Sending bad news like death, a poor medical diagnosis, or even a car accident are big no-no’s when it comes to text messages. Sending a text that “[Insert name] died last night” or “I’ve been in a car accident” is probably something should be left for phone calls.åÊQuestions usually ensue when information like this is shared and text messages just doesn’t do justice.
3. Don’t text big apologies
At some point in our lives, we may find ourselves apologizing for something we’ve done to hurt someone’s feelings. Small apologies like “Sorry, I’m running late” can easily be done through a text message. However, when it comes to big apologies that warrant a lot of groveling and flowers, you should stick to face-to-face communication.
The person who has been wronged deserves a heartfelt apology that reflects your remorse and attempt to right what you have wronged. Apologies are usually filled with emotion that simply can not be fully expressed through a text message.
4. Don’t text personal Information
Millions of people fall victim to identity theft every year. Do not, under any circumstance text personal information like your social security number, account number, or passwords. Even if the request appears to come from your financial institution. If the message says that its “urgent” and that immediate action needs to take place, then simply call your financial institution yourself, to ensure that you’re not talking to a scammer.
5. Don’t text do we part
Breaking up with someone is always a hard thing to do, especially if the other person thinks everything is going perfectly well. But breaking up a marriage through a text message is a new low and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone. Divorce is something that should be thoroughly discussed between both parties. Unfortunately for Katy Perry her marriage to Russell Brand was cut off through a text message sentåÊby him.
6. Don’t text a novel
If you’re having a conversation and find your text message constantly being broken up into two or more messages, then its probably a good time to pick up the phone and dial some digits. Text messages are meant to be short message and not an electronic diary.
Text messages can be a great way to send and receive quick information. But beware, some things are better said in person.
What are some other things that shouldn’t be texted? Please comment below.