Proper Cell Phone Texting Etiquette Rules

Author: Staff Writer

Following a guideline to texting etiquette may help a person avoid dire consequences. Millions of people use SMS (Short Message Service) texting without knowing proper "Textiquette" rules. Knowing the following rules may be beneficial.

Texting Etiquette Rules

Everyone has personal preferences; but there are also some standard rules. These are some of them:


Become familiar with "text-speak" - learn how to interpret and use standard texting abbreviations; avoid using them excessively, especially when texting an employer or elderly person.

Be patient - Expect slow response time.

Be considerate of others - Texting may result in cost to both parties, loss of time, or become intrusive.

Keep the message brief and focused - remember that SMS stands for SHORT message service.

Identify yourself - Identifying yourself avoids confusion.

Consider the message's tone: - Due to lack of nonverbal language, the message can easily be misinterpreted; use caps and emoticons sparingly; use caution when joking and never use sarcasm; recipients may be offended by profanity and confused by excessive or non-standard abbreviations.

Respond to messages - Text or call the sender, even a wrong number if the message seems important. The sender has no way of knowing it's the wrong number otherwise.

Do Not:

Text in the wrong place or at certain events -while attending live performances, formal social events, job interviews, church, or other activities that require focus; while in a check-out line, in a restroom, or at work (unless phone was issued as part of the job).

Endanger self or others - Do not text while driving, as it can cause accidents and is illegal in some states; do not share any personal or potentially embarrassing information with or about others because text messages are not always private and can have serious consequences; do not bully or harass others.

Do not use texting to: inform someone of bad news; for important business matters and meetings (other than to set up a phone call on the topic); to end a relationship; to delay or cancel an appointment or meeting (call the person, unless the circumstance dictates otherwise); for lengthy conversations; as a replacement for in-person contact.

Texting at inappropriate time - while socializing with others in person; while under mind-altering influences.


Works Cited

Emily Post
"Text Messaging"

Digital Trends
"Tech Etiquette Guide."
"What You Should Do when Texting"

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