Dating and texting rules
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Be organic, have fun, and make sure that you and the other person are comfortable with the whole thing.
[Read: 20 sexy text messages to start a sexy conversation] #11 Put your phone down.
As a general rule, keep your phone away from you when you’re drinking. As with actual person-to-person conversations, try to keep your thumbs away from your phone when you’re upset.
You might say something that will only make the situation worse, and even if you don’t mean any harm, there’s always that chance for your text messages to be misconstrued.
Be careful with how you use exclamation points, being sure to use them in moderation. This behavior is about as unacceptable in texting as it is in real life.
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If what you want to say is going to be important or lengthy, it’s best to call or talk to the person face-to-face. While you’re not being insincere or keeping up appearances, you are protecting yourself by not looking too eager. This also gives you enough time to go over your responses so you don’t make any mistakes.
[Read: How to be mysterious without being too distant] #17 Don’t text anything you wouldn’t dare say in person.
Hiding behind your phone is one of the worst ways to start any relationship. Be sure that whatever you say through text is something you can stand by and even repeat in person. Using plenty of emoticons in one text message can make you look schizophrenic, because—let’s face it—the person you’re texting is most likely envisioning you with face.
Emoticons are meant to drive your point home, add a cute effect to what you’re saying, and show sure that your tone is getting across.
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We can’t stop the reality of instant and digital communication. While many would still prefer face-to-face communication, texting is unavoidable, so it’s best for you to learn to do it right.