Texting has become one of the most popular methods of communicating today with the use of smartphones and the ease of access to technology. Sending a text message is a quick way to say hello, check in with a loved one or even send updates about a recent meeting to your boss. However, sending a message via text is forever, and it can often have dire consequences if you are not careful. Knowing how to take precautions when sending text messages can prevent you from embarrassment or guilt. Once a text message is sent, there is no way to undo the action, which can come back to haunt you when you are not cautious.
Texting has completely transformed our means of communicating with one another today, especially with the addition of social media and the use of smartphones simultaneously. Sending text messages allows you to communicate with multiple people within minutes, regardless of where you are located or where the recipient is at the time of the message.
Always be aware of who has your number and who you have stored in your own personal phone book. Knowing each person directly in your phone is ideal to avoid embarrassing calls to potential business contacts that you do not know well. Check your phone frequently to keep contacts that you are unfamiliar with out of your personal phone book.
What Not to Say in a Text Message
If you are in a relationship and considering breaking up with your partner, avoid doing so in a text message. Instead, do so in person or over the phone depending on where you are located. Avoid texting stories that are more than a few pages, especially as some individual are not able to receive more than 160 characters in each text.
Do not text personal or intimate details in a message via if you are afraid you may regret doing so in the future. Because you cannot control what the recipient saves and shares with others or online, you are at risk of having your content displayed, even without your permission. Sending photographs also cannot be taken back, so it is important to stay self aware any time you send a picture to a contact on your phone via text.
Organize Your Contacts
Be sure to organize your contacts if you have the option to do so with your phone. Place your business and co-worker contacts in one folder to avoid accidentally sending a personal message to one of them when not intended. Organizing your contacts can also help you quickly find those you want to get in touch with, lowering the chances of selecting the wrong person when you are texting.
Avoid Texting While Drinking Alcohol
If you are drinking alcohol, avoid texting others altogether, as alcohol inhibits judgment and can cloud your thinking. You may find yourself regretting the messages you send to others once the alcohol has wore off if you are not careful. If you need help or a ride while you are drinking, always call a loved one or a close friend you can trust rather than attempting to text, as it may become more difficult to text over time with consumption of alcohol. Sending texts while drinking can also cause you to say hurtful comments, or even flirty comments that you may not have sent otherwise if you were sober.
Don't Text in Anger
Always avoid texting in anger, as it is impossible to take back the texts you sent regardless of how untrue they may be once you have calmed down. When you are angry with someone, calm down entirely and gain perspective on the situation before discussing the matter in person. When you text in anger there is a potential that you are not properly conveying the root of the issue or why you are hurt, which can ultimately ruin or damage even the best of relationships, even with family and close friends.
Double-Check Your Recipient Before Sending a Text
Double-check the recipient of your text message before you actually press the "send" button on your phone. Ensuring you are sending the message to the right person will keep you from sending inappropriate messages or texts with too much information to the wrong individual.
Knowing that a text message is forever and staying aware any time you are texting can help to avoid awkward encounters, embarrassing moments and messages that you can never take back.