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Let's keep it real.

We all have our set of texting rules that we came up with after we got tired of communicating with people who simply can't hold a concise conversation. Although our rules may be of some value to ourselves, others may find them to be absolutely ridiculous. I'll admit, it drives me crazy when someone texts me first and I reply just for them to take forever to reply to my message. I think we have all grown way too accustomed to communicating via text messages that we have gone slightly insane.
The smallest things drive us bonkers and they really shouldn't. Patience is a virtue, but when it comes to texting -- patience is foreign. Oh, and let's not forget grammar. Geez la weez, we won't even get into that one. I sound disgusting with having my idiosyncrasies when it comes to texting, but I know I'm not the only one. While you may think my demands are high, keep scrolling to see the list of texting rules Cosmopolitan came up with. Apparently, we've all been texting wrong all along.

You can't answer a text with "K" or "Fine" because you'll sound like you're so mad you might try to burn down their house later.

'I'm so guilty of thinking this when someone does it to me, but you know what? Sometimes your really just do want to text back "K" because that's all that needs to be said, and you're getting in your car and are trying to reply, so they know you got it. I think I'm having a panic attack.'

If you were the last one to text in a convo, you can't text again until they reply.

'And you know what? I have abandoned this one. Sometimes I send one text and then remember I have another five texts' worth of strong feels I would like to convey to them because at the end of the day, who doesn't like getting a lot of texts from someone they like? Can we all just live?'

If you reply immediately, you look like a desperate freak who has no friends or hobbies.

'Or you can reply immediately sometimes but not other times. These are seriously things we do with our freaking friends!!! Why are we using dumb dating rules with someone we go bra shopping with and talk about how our period was extra clumpy lately with? Why?'

If you capitalize and use commas in texts like a normal human being would IRL, you're basically a serial killer.

'Whenever I get a text from someone who's using proper capitalization and commas and punctuation, I'm like, "Calm down, Beth. This isn't a job interview," but you know what? It's dumb that we think that about people who write the way humans are technically supposed to write.'

If you start writing something but you see that the other person already has the ellipse bubble up, you should delete what you wrote and wait for them to finish what they were saying.

'Oh, yes, because their text would be completely ruined if you said something before they say something. Plus, a lot of the time they don't even end up sending what they were typing so then you just sat in that awkward silence for nothing and have to wait for, like, two minutes to pass before you can type what you were going to type in the first place. So lame.'

You absolutely must put 9,000 emojis and exclamation marks and "haha"s into every text; otherwise you're depressed and what's wrong?

'I understand this one because facial expressions aren't available, so you want to let the other person know you enjoy their texts and aren't sitting there groaning, but it's also slightly weird that we have to be like, "aaaand ending this with 19 exclamation marks and 12 random emojis so she knows I'm having fun."'

Do you live by any texting rules?

If so, which one(s)?
#5 and #2 drive me absolutely insane!
Haha! I don't really live by any texting rules. But it does take me a while to text back when I am busy with something. But like I think that's pretty normallll lol
I don't lol 馃槀 I've broken almost all of the rules. It just wouldn't sound authentic if I followed this
@jordanhamilton its like recently started talking to a new guy. at first it was like constant texting but recently its like one. I dont want to seem desperate and naggy so I decided to leave it be. but it sucks bc he randomly pops in my brain and want to text him bit Im trying hard not too.
I totally know what you mean! while I do enjoy texting, when it comes to the phone -- if you know how to engage in a conversation, I rather chat with you over the phone. I like to hear people's voices. super old school @shannonl5
haha, I'm the same way. I'm pretty talkative so I expect someone to dish it all! I want to hold a concise conversation. small talk is not a friend of mine, I can't stand it and I hate to feel like I'm forcing a conversation with someone @keith2web
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