Chances are you were taught proper etiquette regarding dining and communicating, but what about texting? Whether you’re texting friends, family or co-workers, there are rules of texting etiquette that are important to observe – I’ve teamed up with Progressive Life Lanes to share the new rules for texting etiquette in 2016 and beyond below.
Stop sending group texts in 2016
You’ve found yourself in the rabbit hole of group texts before, and because many people don’t realize they’re replying to everyone when they respond to group texts, it can get really annoying, really fast. When at all possible, try to communicate directly with people, even if it means sending a few texts. Or if you are making plans, consider sending an email.
Steer clear of making common texting mistakes
In the brave new world of communication, it’s important to avoid common texting mistakes that you may not have even known you’re guilty of. Think of including a smile with words in your texts. Using polite words, like please and thanks, can often soften a relayed message. And avoid using curse words or texting in all caps. There’s a fine line when it comes to delivering short and concise messages with a pleasant tone–but if you read the message aloud to yourself before sending, you should be able to analyze how well the text will be received.
Know when and where you should put the phone away
The #1 rule for texting is do not text while operating any sort of motor vehicle, period. According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone while behind the wheel of a car makes you four times more likely to be at risk of an auto accident. You should put your phone away and avoid texting in movie theaters, at dinner tables, and please take a break from texting from the bathroom in 2016. Eliminating texting from these locations will not only keep you safe and sanitary, but will also keep you courteous to those around you.
Looking for more texting etiquette rules to keep you on the right track? Check out all the suggestions at Progressive Life Lanes today!
Remember last week when we shared the startling news of the ridiculous things smartphone users are doing behind the wheel? New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media, video chats and more while driving on the road! That’s not all that users are doing from behind the wheel. AT&T has put together an infographic detailing some of the craziest things that users have admitted to doing behind the wheel. How many of these distracted driving moments can you admit to?
In order to join the fight against distracted driving, I’ve become dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers of texting, snapping selfies, checking Facebook and Twitter from behind the wheel – No smartphone distraction is worth a terrible accident, or worse – losing a life.
DivasandDorks.com has teamed up with AT&T to help spread the #ItCanWait message against distracted driving and give away an amazing prize pack which includes a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, selfie stick, Beats By Dre Pill and more (EST value: $1000). We had close over 500 entries for the contest with many readers sharing their pledge against distracted driving on Twitter and Instagram – but there can be only one winner…
The winner is….
Stay tuned of more awesome giveaways and help spread the message that when it comes to using your smartphone while on the road, “No text, tweet or video is worth a life” – It Can Wait!
This sponsored post & giveaway is brought to you by AT&T – It Can Wait and Distracted Driving.
While promoting season six of “RHOA”, Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey spoke to ABC radio about whether it’s appropriate for a woman to text a married man. The scenario will appear as a storyline on an upcoming episode of the Bravo show when Kenya is confronted about texting Apollo, the husband of her nemisis Phaedra Parks. Here’s what the ladies told ABC:
Why Kenya Doesn’t Feel Bad About Texting Apollo:
“I am like an open book. I don’t try to hide things so if I was texting in response to [him] texting me first I don’t see how that’s a problem, especially when they were not inappropriate texts.”
Cynthia Bailey Chimed In and Doesn’t Think the Situation is Right:
“If you don’t have that kind of relationship with the wife, I think it’s completely inappropriate to have a text relationship with someone’s husband. I don’t think that Kenya would text [my husband] Peter [Bailey] inappropriately for any reason. I think that she respects me and I think she respects him and I don’t think that she would do that.”
Does Kenya have a point? Or should she have never responded–whether the texts were inappropriate or not?
Remember this? Last season Kenya and Apollo got a little too comfy horse-playing at the pool. If they think this is okay, who knows what really went down via text message.
Viewers will get the see the entire scenario play out this season on RHOA, Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. Will you be watching?
This post has been sponsored in part by the “IT CAN WAIT” program which focuses on educating people – especially teens – about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait. For more information visit ItCanWait.com.
Did you know that more and more automobile crashes & fatalities are caused by texting while driving? Even more than drunk driving and freak accidents COMBINED. The majority of all texting while driving mishaps are made by young adults and teens. That’s why AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have joined forces to battle against “texting while driving” during the “100 Deadliest Days” this summer. May until September, is projected to have the most texting while driving related accidents than any other time of year and DivasandDorks.com wants you to spread the word, take the pledge & stand up against the dangers of texting while driving.
Those who read and send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. That’s why we’re committed to putting an end to texting and driving. We’re focused on educating everyone on the dangers of texting while driving. Our goal is to save lives and make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving because no text is worth dying for.
Texting while driving is an epidemic, and it’s not isolated to teen drivers. It affects adults as well. A recent survey shows business commuters know texting while driving is unsafe, but they still engage in these behaviors. In fact, they are texting and driving more than they used to.
- Six in 10 commuters said they never texted while driving three years ago. Nearly half of commuters admit to texting while driving, which is more than teens.
- 49 percent of commuters self-report texting while driving, compared to 43 percent2 of teens.
Despite knowing the riskss, 98 percent said sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe.
For many, it has become a habit. More than 40 percent of those who admitted to texting while driving called it a habit.
All summer long, we’ll be sharing apps, tips, infographics and tricks to help you resist the urge of texting while driving and ways to urge others that when it comes to texting while driving, “It Can Wait.”
Take out your wireless device. Read the last text message you sent or received aloud. Would reading or responding to that text message from behind the wheel be worth the risk of getting into a car accident or worse? The reality is that no message is so urgent that it is worth diverting attention from the wheel and risking lives in the process.
In the survey 1,200 teens revealed that while 97 percent of them know texting while driving is dangerous…
- 43 percent admit to sending a text while driving
- 75 percent say the practice is common among their friends
- 77 percent of say adults warn against risks, but text & drive ‘all the time’
In today’s digital age, teens and adults alike are staying connected by texting. For many, the allure of quickly reading and responding while driving can be tempting. According to the AT&T Teen Driver Survey, almost 90 percent of teens expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less. This becomes dangerous when the habit hits the road because drivers that text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Will you reconsider texting and driving from now on? Would you stop others from texting while driving? Sound off below…
Let me take you back to six months ago… As I sat in my New York radio station office, an email pops up on the screen…and it’s from my boss. He’s asking me a question about my follow up on one of the station’s clients (actually, it’s a trick question – in which any response could be disected & possibly be considered the wrong answer.) I quickly reply via email instead of walking 5 steps into his office, and immediately after pressing ‘send’ I instantaneously receive a reply. We exchanged almost 10 emails within 4 minutes until my boss abruptly called me into his office. I shut the door behind me as he began to lecture me on the value of human communication and explains that I should’ve come into his office to discuss the issue instead of emailing back and forth. My response? Hey, I’m a texter, an emailer…I shun human communication via voice and enjoy the clicks of a keyboard rather than the cracks of an unclear voice. (No, I didn’t really say that aloud, although I wanted to, and that’s not entirely true, BUT I do believe that at times, non-verbal communication is far more valuable than verbal communication…and according to the World Health Organization a little less conversation & a little more key-tapping could help save your life!
According to USA Today, A branch of the World Health Organization announced Tuesday that cellphones are “possible carcinogens” — a statement that was met with skepticism from many American cancer experts. The statement came from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which convened 31 international experts in Lyon, France, this past week to sort through data on cellphone safety. In its statement, the IARC noted a possible connection between cellphones and two type of brain tumors — gliomas and acoustic neuromas. The group says there’s not enough evidence to link cellphones to other cancers. Some people have worried about cellphones because they emit radio waves, a form of non-ionizing, low-frequency radiation. Most human studies have shown no link between cellphones and brain tumors, A few studies have found that cellphone users are more likely to develop gliomas or acoustic neuromans, but only after frequent or longterm use.
So does this mean that those like me, who enjoy texting rather than talking could outlive the “Chatty-Cathy’s” of the world? POSSIBLY! Just ask me again June 1st 2081 — don’t call me though….send me a text 😉