Texting was once a fun and easy way to communicate, but now it’s just a confusing and awkward feat. From autocorrect mishaps to those dreadful one-word (or even worse, one-LETTER) responses, texting is now more annoying than ever, and here are a few reasons why.
1. Autocorrect. I consider this to be the most aggravating part of texting, because it puts you in an awkward or embarrassing situation way too often. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve misspelled a word while typing and my iPhone just decided to replace it with a completely different (and sometimes inappropriate) one. This can have many repercussions, some more dire than others depending on context. Below is an example of auto correct gone completely wrong between a mother and her daughter:
2. Contemplating whether or not to put a certain punctuation at the end of a sentence or word. Believe it or not, punctuation makes a world of difference when sending a text. Using an exclamation point could make your message seem happy and enthusiastic, while the absence of one may make it seem as if you’re bored, mad, or indifferent when you’re actually none of the latter. Similarly, when someone puts a period after the last sentence he or she types, it’s often translated as him or her being annoyed with you. And maybe this is true. But when it’s not, it really can be taken the wrong way.
3. Not knowing whether or not to use a certain emoticon or smiley face. Ugh. Why does it take so long to decide if you want to use a smiley face or not? I could spend a good five minutes trying to figure out if a smiley face would be considered too much too soon. Let’s be real: no one wants to look like a stalker or crazy person with the opposite (or same; whatever floats your boat) sex. And we’ve all received texts in which someone took a risk in putting a smiley face in a text and it just rubbed us the wrong way.
4. Getting one-word or one-letter responses. Really? I just wrote you the preface to a novel and you could only think of one word to respond with? I’ll never understand this. And even worse than a one-word response is a one-letter or unnecessarily-abbreviated-word response. “K.” “Ya.” If you’re going to go the “one-word” route, at least spell the word in its entirety. Otherwise I’ll never text you again, k?
5. Not getting a response at all. Yes, I know that some people’s phones die and it’s easy to forget to respond, but because I don’t know your situation I’m just going to assume that you either a) saw my text and thought it was so pointless or insignificant that you didn’t think it warranted a response, or b) got confused by something I said and had no idea how to respond to it so you decided to leave it alone, because if you did respond it would just confuse you even more and/or make things awkward.
*Runner-up: getting a response hours, or even days, later.
6. People misusing or overusing ellipses. One of my BIGGEST texting pet peeves. When someone puts “…” after a word, I always think that they have something more to say or are implying something that he or she doesn’t actually want to say in writing. Texting someone “Okay…” indicates that you either didn’t understand the text you just received from that person or that you think he or she isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Using an ellipsis may also come off as a bit creepy or insulting, as in the example below:You: Hey! It was really nice meeting you the other day. Maybe we can meet up some time?
Guy: It was really nice meeting you too. You’re cool…Umm, okay guy. Is your incorrect usage of periods implying that I’m actually not that cool and you don’t want to hang out with me? Do you want to do more than hang out? I wouldn’t have thought twice about the meaning of this response had he just simply left out the ellipsis altogether. But because he decided to add some creepiness to this convo, I now feel a tad uncomfortable and confused. There’s too much ambiguity here.
7. Misunderstanding what someone texted you. Because our generation has opted for digital interaction and therefore gets disgruntled at the mere thought of—dare I even say it?—having an actual, real life phone conversation, miscommunication abounds us. We’ve all received that text that left us utterly dumbfounded and wondering if the sender was drunk or high (or both). You then attempt to decipher the message as if it’s written in Morse code. This misunderstanding is
most likely the result of one, or a combination, of the aforementioned scenarios.
8. We’re becoming more anti-social than ever. This may go without saying, but texting has really made us (generally speaking) less comfortable with speaking on the phone, which subsequently weakens our social skills a bit. Before I had a smartphone, I enjoyed and even looked forward to talking on the phone, and sometimes I still do. But now that I have an iPhone equipped with the best social media apps and iMessage, I’m more apt to shoot someone a message rather than actually call him or her. Texting does make communicating with others easier and quicker, but we mustn’t forget the importance of human interaction. After all, there was a time when our only option was to call instead of text someone, and we did just fine with that.