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Texting Him: The Rules You Should Never Break

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1. Using waaaaaay too many smileys


A well-placed smiley or a playful wink can be effective, but over-do it and you’ll look like a 13 year old using MSN for the first time.

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2. TXTNG LK THS


A little light text speak is fine if you’re in a hurry, but steer clear of abbreviating every word. Texts no longer have to be under 140 characters, so there’s really no need.

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3. Texting when there’s no reply…


Step away from the phone! They clearly have.

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4. Drink-texting


Avoid texting under the influence at all costs – nothing good comes of a text sent when you’re several sheets to the wind. If you can’t trust yourself, then hand your phone to a friend!

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5. #sexting



Sorry to get all serious on you, but there’s nothing smart about texting semi-naked pics to a potential partner. Keep the element of surprise for in real life and hold off on being textually active until you’re in a committed relationship.

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6. Over-texting


They need to know you have a life. Give it more than five minutes before you think of texting again.



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7. The last minute cop-out text


If you’ve ever been the recipient of a cancellation text with a poor excuse, you know how it feels. Spare your date the lame excuse and tell the truth – they’ll thank you for it in the long run.

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8. The break-up text


Step. Away. From. The. Text. Whatever your feelings towards your date, the break-up text is not cool. It might feel tough to pick up the phone instead, but it’s a lot less difficult than being the one to take the call.



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9. The “oops, I didn’t mean to send that text” text


We’ve all done this one (when we were 15!) but as a grown adult this is not a tactic you should be using. Playing mind games isn’t sexy.

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10. The “I really didn’t mean to send that text” text


You’re texting your bestie to tell her that your date’s a bad kisser but end up sending it to him #fail. After the initial rush of panic, it’s much easier to explain yourself than to migrate to a different country. Or, you know, just turn off your phone and never turn it back on…

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