Six texting mistakes that people make, how to correct them, and one texting suggestion:
1: Be prompt in replying: Don’t procrastinate, or even worse – ignore. Have common courtesy to reply, the sooner the better. Someone took the time to communicate with you. Reciprocate. Too busy to answer? Excuse yourself and write briefly that you’ll answer soon.
2. Be concise: Save Megillas Esther for Purim. Phone texts should be brief and to the point. However, if your were sent a long text, don’t reply in a one word text. Take a moment to relate to the content.
3. Don’t bombard: After sending a text, give a moment for it to be read. One exception – omission. If you omitted something important, send it as a P.S.
4. Go easy on the emojis. Use the cute little figures in good taste. Don’t make your text look like my 2 year old grandchild stole your phone and went click happy.
5. Use good manners: If you must leave in the middle of a conversation, don’t disappear. Don’t be rude. On the other hand, know when a conversation is running out of steam, and bow out graciously.
6. Watch your language. Make sure your text conveys what you want to say. People have felt hurt by a single word that was interpreted incorrectly.
7. Modern technology is a blessing. Make sure you use it properly. A weekly Parsha thought, a daily or weekly Halacha, a short maamar Chazal can make the difference in someone’s life.