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Rules of Engagement

Texting troubles

By Josh Mansour, Kellie Rowe          Posted: 03/19/12 11:42pm         

Our generation has undoubtedly picked up a lingo of our own — texting.

A quick push of a button or swipe of a finger can mean the beginning of a relationship, or the end.

But is texting a way to show how much you care or simply an efficient means of communication?

Texting lingo is important to grasp at a very young age.

It’s crucial to not only comprehend what you’re reading, but to be able to write something of merit back.

Heres’s some quick rules: don’t overtext someone, don’t undertext someone (I’m guilty of that) and witty one-liners are never unappreciated.

When it comes to texting, in terms of relationships, the easiest signs that someone is interested you is the infamous over-smiley usage. For example, “Hey. :) What are you up to? :)” Whether you are a girl or a guy, this is probably the most obvious sign someone has a thing for you.

But then, there are less obvious signals. If you forget to text him back, and he texts you again, that’s a good sign, such as if he sends “good night” texts before bed or texts you “good morning.”

The important part about texting is being sure not to abuse the convenience factor.

Yes, it’s easier to text a girl and say, “Hey, we should hang out sometime.”

Personally, we don’t want to be asked out via text, and the little courage you boys can muster up to give us a call and properly ask us out goes such a long way.

I — like most sensible guys — am not very interested in texting.

Sure, it’s more efficient than having a 15-minute conversation about why someone’s running late or to remind a friend to bring something to a party, but too often something of emotional significance is trying to be taken from an incomplete sentence.

Texts are a means to an end, not a relationship barometer.

You shouldn’t be questioning your boyfriend’s loyalty because he neglected to include a smiley face at the end of his text.

Let’s be honest, a smiley face is just a colon and a closed parentheses.

It’s not romance, it’s incorrect grammar.

I hate to be a stick in the mud, but there needs to be a reality check.

There shouldn’t be text conversations. If you want to communicate more than one thought, just push a few different buttons and use the phone for it’s original purpose — to talk.

If you want romance, look in the person’s eyes, not the screen of your phone.

And if you want to show someone you care, make more of an effort than typing “hi” into your phone.

It’s really not that hard. It’s what people used to call communication.

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