Thanks to the ability to send text messages, FaceTime all over the world, and communicate via DM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, our the way we all speak to each other has changed. We live in a world of instantaneous communication. Gone are the days of snail mail, telegrams, or even waiting for the telephone to ring. Texts, tweets, Snapchats, and more can be sent in a matter of seconds. Our thumbs move faster than our brains and we think in chunks of 140 characters or less. We do everything via text message. We have a group chat with our besties, we flirt via text, we text our mom that we’ll be home 10 minutes past curfew sorry!!!, we can even order pizza via text.
You would think that with all the texting we do on a regular basis, we would be pros. Yet, regardless of the convenience of texting, it still ends up being one of the most difficult forms of communication. You can’t decode someone’s tone of voice, there’s no body language to monitor, and people send extremely frustrating messages that just serve to annoy everyone. Let’s make texting better for everyone and make a pact to stop sending these annoying messages to our friends, families, crushes, and even enemies. Sure, they seem harmless, but they’re actually kind of the worst… and we’re all guilty of sending them. But we can work together to make these go away! Check ’em out, and think twice before sending them again:
The 'Don't Call' TextYes, sometimes you really can't talk on the phone, but lately it's like everyone is too scared to have an actual voice conversation over the phone, which is why they were invented in the first place. But if someone calls you, they probably have a reason for calling instead of texting. Pick up the phone!
The 'OMW' When You're Not On Your Way TextThe only time it's acceptable to tell someone you're on your way is when you're actually on your way. Not when you're getting dressed or in the shower, and definitely not when you wake up 20 minutes late. Just be real with them so they know what to expect.
The TV Show SpoilerNot cool. Be courteous and make sure the recipient has finished the latest episode before discussing the juicy details. Just say "Did you watch??" instead of immediately jumping into it.
The Autocorrect Nonsense TextAutocorrect is annoying. We all know that. Sometimes it messes up words so much that the original meaning is completely lost. But can't you correct those mistakes when they happen instead of sending total gibberish? Seriously, this has happened to me with so many people lately I feel like I need to make a PSA!
The Neverending Three Little DotsThose three little bubbles pop up and you're thrilled. Then they disappear and no text appears. What were you going to say?! The suspense is too much. Plus, how rude - would you ever start a sentence to someone's face, then just turn around and walk away?
The Weird 'JK'First of all, if you're making an actual joke then I should be able to tell. Second of all, I find that "jk" often follows a text that isn't actually a joke at all. We all know you're not kidding about your crush on the calculus teacher.
The Random 'LOL'"Lol" is so overused that it no longer has a meaning. You probably didn't even giggle. Can't you just write a response?
The One Word 'K'Are you mad? Did you get hit by a bus mid-text? Where's the rest of your reply? Saying 'K' to a simple question is fine, but saying a passive aggressive 'K' to a question that deserves a longer answer is just plain annoying... and kind of asking for a fight.
UghThis is like the text equivalent of rolling your eyes. Say something more. Express your feelings.
The Unrelated EmojiWhat does fruit have to do with anything? Is that a paperclip? Sure the elephant is cute, but...huh? What are you trying to say? Just say it!
Which one of these annoying text messages have you sent? What do you think is the most annoying? Let me know in the comments.