Whether you’re on the threshold of an exciting new relationship or dropping anchor on a long and steady one, here’s what you must know (and we suspect you already know it) – texting misinterpretations lead to all kinds of love life messes! Yup, a person who types a ‘K’ is often written off as a lazy slouch and a person who replies too late to your texts will do wonders for the anxiety disorder you didn’t know you had.
But fret not! Of course, if you’re currently staring at your mobile screen in despair, jumping at every ring and frantically searching for one name, you might be a little far gone. But we’ve still got some pointers for you that will help you prevent some common texting mistakes we all make.
Here’s 6 texting-while-dating faux pas you’d do well to avoid!
The ‘Waiting’ on a Text
Oh, the waiting! Could anything be more miserable than looking every nanosecond at your phone, in the hopes of having received a text from the one? In all probability, he/she isn’t even The One (or maybe he/she is – we don’t want to burst your bubble), but our guess is if someone keeps you waiting for their reply all livelong day, they’re probably not worth it. What you need to know is, you giving them the reins to plan your daily schedule for you (even potty breaks, in emergency love cases) isn’t healthy. Tear yourself away, switch that thing off, breathe in digital-free air!
The Drunk Text
Oh, we’ve all done that. Laugh all you will NOW, but do you recall those heart-stopping terrifying moments when, five pints down, you slobbered out a “I lopuveee you” to your ex? Let’s try holding in those grammatically incorrect missiles of horror, shall we? Keep that phone away when on a night out and just have fun. After all, that’s why you’re at that new pub, correct? To drink and be merry? Surely not to wake up feeling craptastic the next morning and read gems such as “Whatcha doin’?” sent at 3 am the previous night. Any sane ex will just cut you off for good.
Sexting too Soon?
Decide. Now. Before you wade in too deep, too quick. Are you in for the quickie – or the long-term haul? Because if it’s the former, and you’re sending dirty innuendos of various unfortunately shaped vegetables to your new sexting – er, texting partner, you could risk them running off! Of course, it’s perfect if you’re both on the same page, but that rarely happens, does it? Too much back and forth flirty texting could cause the relationship to flame out before it begins!
The ‘Lol’ to Cut You Short
Seriously? You couldn’t come up with anything more inventive to cut short a conversation you didn’t want to have? At some point along the way, LOL stopped meaning “Laugh out loud” and became “I’ve run out of things to say”. Just tell the person politely that you’re busy somewhere else, instead of using that weird three-letter word. Chances are, you’ve had that used on you too!
Texting During a Date
Could you possibly show more disrespect to the person you’re on the date with, than to drum away at your phone? If this is a first date – congratulations – you’ve just blown any chance you had of securing a second one. If it isn’t and you’re out with your beau on a romantic dinner – surely work/your sister’s latest PMS update/the Indian Idol final scores can wait?
Using Texts to Discuss a Relationship Issue
If you’re a seasoned relationship junkie, you know NOTHING comes back to bite you worse in the butt than trying to sort out something over text. You cannot see the person, hence you miss all sorts of important facial cues, hand gestures, little sighs and what-have-you’s. Aah, if we had a paisa for every time you thought your partner was quarrelling, when really they were on the honeyed road to apology. Do yourself a favour – and the next friend who gets to hear ALL about it – meet the person to talk it out.
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