My Texting Frustrations

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TEXTING.  Texting has become such a very large part of communication since the introduction of cell phones into human civilization.  I know many people who actually prefer texting instead of an actual phone call.  Hey, whatever’s convenient I guess.  Something that I’ve noticed, is although texting tends to make life much easier and convenient, it tends to leave a lot up to interpretation, but this is besides my point.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this.  If you are like me, you may have developed some pet peeves when it come to texting.   There are personally some texting behaviors that truly set my soul on fire (and not in a good way), and I’m wondering if it’s just me?  Here is my list of the top 4 offenses.

The first offense:  We may be texting back and forth or having some sort of conversation that might actually require some sort of thought or a thorough answer.  Maybe I just poured out my heart and soul about something (ok, who does that via text??) Certainly not me…..anyhoo, but the response you receive is the following:


APPLE!!  Please throw this whole emoji away because when it’s used in this instance, I JUST CANNOT.  By the way, I promise I’m not an angry person.

The second offense:  You are texting, and it starts to get late.  You ask a question, but you realize the person you are texting has fallen asleep.  The textee wakes up the next day and starts a whole new conversation, as if you didn’t ask a question the night before.  Just because it’s a new day doesn’t mean that I don’t need to know the answer to the question I asked!  I know everyday we wake up, God gives us brand new mercies, but a brand new text thread? Not so much. I need answers!!

The third offense:  After I just dropped some major mind blowing knowledge on you, you seriously are going to just leave me on “read” REALLY?  Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite mind blowing knowledge.  Maybe it was just me saying “These Oreo thins are better than the regular ones” or  “This episode of Big Bang Theory I’m watching is HEE-larious.”  But some sort of acknowledgment that you actually read my text would be nice….besides me seeing the “read” receipt.  Yeah, I know it’s complicated people.  And I know what you are thinking….but please do not send me that thumbs up either.

The fourth offense:  Someone initiates a conversation via text with you. You receive a “Hey! What’s up?” text at 2:02 pm.  You respond promptly at 2:03 pm…..and then…..crickets.  It might not be exactly the same as walking up to someone saying “Hey girl! What’s up?” and then disappearing into thin air….but can you see where I’m going with this?

With all that being said, I’m sure my feelings are over the top. I attempt to bring balance to the situation by taking into account things like perhaps they actually were busy and a thumbs up is all they had to give at the time.  Maybe the person read the text the night before, deleted the entire thread, started an entire new thread and forgot to respond in the morning (yeah, that is highly unlikely).  I know it’s me.  I will one day enter into texting therapy to sort out all of my thoughts. Until then I will take deep breaths, and keep on texting.

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