Dos and Don’ts of Text Messaging

Whether you are sending or receiving a text message, it is important to understand the rules of text messaging. The rules help to ensure that all text senders and recipients can safely and efficiently communicate with one another. The following are nine text rules that you should know about.

1. Do Not Text and Drive

Avoid Texting while driving since it puts your life in danger. It is against the law in most states to text while driving. If you are caught doing so, you might have to pay fines or even receive jail time.

In most states, it is also illegal to use your phone in any way while driving. In case you have to use your phone, pull over to a safe spot first.

2. Keep Texts Short

Unlike a phone call, there is no tone of voice or body language to help convey the message when you are sending a text. This can often lead to misunderstandings. To avoid any confusion, keep texts brief. For instance, when using an SMS marketing service to market your products, brief texts will let the customers understand you better and will read the notification you send.

When possible, try to ask questions answered with a single word or phrase. And if you need to have a longer conversation, consider switching to a phone call.

For example, if you are in a meeting and want to let someone know that you will be late, send a text that says you are in a meeting. If you are running late, let the person know in a text message and include an estimate of when you will arrive.

3. Respect the Time Limit

Most carriers limit the number of characters that can be sent in a text message. This is because texts are transmitted over the cellular network with limited bandwidth. Respect the time limit to ensure that everyone can send and receive messages without running into this limit. Your messages should be to the point.

4. Use Proper Grammar

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You must use proper grammar when sending a text message. Slang and shortcuts should be avoided. Keep your messages clear and easy to understand. If you are unsure about the correct spelling or grammar, consider looking it up before hitting send. Spell-checking will help you deliver the intended message. If you make a grammatical error, it would be best to resend the text so that the recipient can get to understand you.

5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Be aware of your surroundings when sending or receiving a text message. Look out for potential hazards, and avoid texting in situations where you need to concentrate. For instance, if you are walking, find a seat or stand at the side of the road without traffic and compose your text message. This will help ensure that you are safe and don’t distract other people.

6. Respond Promptly

To have a proper conversation flow, it is important to respond promptly to text messages.

If you are going to be unavailable or unable to reply right away, let the other person know. Otherwise, they may think that you have ignored them. Responding on time can help avoid any misunderstandings.

7. Be Aware of Tone

The tone of your text messages is important. Be aware of your tone and make sure that it is appropriate for the situation. Avoid being sarcastic or rude, as this can lead to misunderstandings.

8. Avoid Sending Sensitive Information

The text messages are not private, and they can be easily accessed by anyone with access to your phone. This means that you should avoid sending sensitive information over a text message. This includes account numbers, passwords, or anything else that you would not want others to see. Do not send sexually explicit or suggestive messages to someone underage.

9. Punctuate The Texts Properly

Wrong punctuation can change the meaning of your text. If you are texting to ask a question, ensure you end it with a question mark. Add full stops to indicate the end of a sentence in your text. This will make the recipient read through your text with ease. Punctuation is key in conveying the tone of the text.

Texting is a great way to communicate, but it is important to be aware of the rules so that everyone can safely and efficiently text with one another. For more information on texting laws, visit our website or contact your local law enforcement agency.