It may go without saying, but please, do not text and drive. You may feel that you are aware enough and adept enough at both texting and driving for it to not be a problem yet accidents happen daily because for that one brief second, someone took their eyes off the road. We eat, play our radios, scroll through iPods, change clothing, apply makeup, talk on phones, adjust our GPSs and so much more that leaves us vulnerable on the road. Let texting be one thing you don’t add to the list of distractions. What Can Help You Cope With Stress
When at a movie theater, resist the urge to text through that boring movie you got dragged to. The other people in the theater may actually be enjoying it and the blue light glowing out of your lap is a distinct distraction. When asked multiple questions in one text, make an attempt to answer or at least acknowledge each question. If it will be too lengthy, go ahead and just call the person to respond. When questions are missed, it can leave a person feeling as if you decided their question was not important.
It is easy to use a phone to text all of the angry feelings to have toward someone else, especially a spouse you are arguing with. Remember that you are not with them to see the impact of your words so you may not understand at the time how frustrating it can be for someone to get a stream of increasingly angry texts.
Be willing to wait until you are together or can actually talk on the phone to address the issue. Waiting is hard, but the pain that is caused by assaulting someone via texting lasts much longer. If the phone is too much of a temptation in your anger, try hiding it from yourself (I always recommend the refrigerator because it seems so silly). Sometimes out of sight really can help calm the mind.
As our technology improves and new and fun devices and ways of communicating come about, we will need to continue to update our etiquette. For now, try to think through your choices and how they might impact someone else. As soon as you think about the needs of others, you will already be a better texting friend.
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