Netiquette: Five texts you should never send By Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich (CNN)

Folks, hope you are enjoying your day? Here are sound and practical tips that should be adhered to by many.

Summary –

  1. We’re texting more than ever, but there are some texts everyone should avoid.
  2. Breaking up, or proposing, via a text is way out of bounds.
  3. If it takes more than a few words, call, don’t text. OK

Netiquette: Five texts you should never send
(CNN) — We’re texting more than ever, and, like society, the texts themselves are getting worse and worse.
That’s a conclusion cobbled together from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which found that the median number of texts adults send and receive in a day doubled from 2009 to 2010, and much anecdotal observation from the authors.
Read on to learn just how terrible silent cell phone users are these days, and the five texts that should never traverse that satellite-banked arc from your hands to the eyes of another.

1. “I think we should see other people.”
It isn’t just skittish teenagers pulling this rude move. Last year, a survey from Lab 42 found that 33% of adults (adults!) had broken up with someone via text, e-mail or Facebook. Forty percent said they “would ever” do it, indicating that 7% of the surveyed humans are soulless jerks who haven’t but would hurtfully sever ties with a lover if only someone would respond to their advances.

Yes, breaking up is hard. Knowing you’re going to hurt someone you cared about with your words indeed makes your stomach do some Cirque de Soleil-esque acrobatics. But shooting over a one-way missive to deliver the news for you? It’s supremely cruel, because it leaves the other person cocking his or her head with Fred Willard-esque histrionics and asking, “Hey, wha’ happened?” That complete lack of closure (not to mention the dearth of soothing, I-care-about-you-as-a-human-being signals you send with your voice and motions) add up to WAY more ruminating than is necessary.

The break-up text is only this much more noble than ghosting on someone you’re dating, letting the silences grow longer and longer until you can tell yourself it was a mutual separation and then scuttle into the night like a cowardly cockroach. If you went on enough dates to call this person your boyfriend or girlfriend, he or she deserves at least a call.

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