8 Ways That Texting Can Go Wrong
Has Texting taken place of your phone conversations? For a lot of people, it has. It's quick and easy. It can be done in between other tasks, unlike phone calls. Quick - that's a key word here. Texting was meant to be brief and to the point; not a way to pour your heart out. But it's become anything but short and simple. Some people send paragraphs upon paragraphs of text messages causing you to have to scroll and scroll to read the full story. Story? Are we reading a book? In that case, pick up the phone and call or FaceTime, or grab a cup of coffee in person.
*Disclaimer: I am not knocking Texting, AT ALL. In fact, it is an amazing tool for communicating and I use it all the time. This blog post is also not directed at anyone in particular. It is only meant for educational purposes. I love you all :)
I've been noticing these pitfalls more and more lately...
Texting can go wrong in several ways, some of which include:
Misinterpretation: Texting often lacks tone, inflection, and body language, which can lead to misinterpretation of the message. What the sender intends to say and what the receiver understands can be very different. People are more sensitive these days.
Autocorrect errors: Autocorrect can change the meaning of a text, leading to confusion or misunderstandings. Check what you're sending before you actually send it!
Sending to the wrong person: Sending a message to the wrong person can be embarrassing, especially if the message contains sensitive or private information.
Typos and grammatical errors: Typos and grammatical errors can cause confusion and make it difficult for the receiver to understand the message. It also shows you really don't care. Definitely unprofessional as well.
Tone deafness: Tone-deaf texts that lack empathy or sensitivity can lead to hurt feelings, especially if the message is meant to be supportive or encouraging.
Delayed responses: Delayed responses can cause anxiety, especially if the message is time-sensitive or urgent. Be considerate of the other person's time, not just yours.
Overuse of abbreviations and emojis: Overuse of abbreviations and emojis can make the message difficult to read and understand. We don't have flip phones anymore and don't need to use abbreviations. Emojis are great, just don't use them as code language. Enhance your messages with them.
Texting while driving: Texting while driving is dangerous and can lead to accidents, injuries, or even death. It's important to avoid texting while driving and wait until you are safely parked. I have nothing more to say about this one.
There are more ways as well. I may even do another post on this topic. If you have any of your own, or ones you've even experienced yourself, please leave them in the comments!
Thanks for reading!