The other day, my best friend and I got into a mini-text-fight. And, like so many other text messaging blunders, it centered around text message misunderstandings. It’s probably happened to you more times than you’d care to remember and, if you notice, text miscommunication tends to occur more often in special situations.
Here are just a few times where you should wait to talk in person or over the phone and forego text messaging.
1. If you have bad news
Let’s say someone passed away. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t share the news of a family member or friend’s passing via text message.
Same goes for someone who is getting fired, something bad happened while you were watching their child, someone had a heart attack, so on and so forth.
I hate to be a Debbie downer, but in life, bad things do happen. Always take the time and pick up the phone or visit people to relay bad news.
2. If it’s remotely confrontational
Confrontational conversations or arguments are most certainly not meant for texting.
Think of how many times your meaning has gotten misconstrued via text. It becomes that much worse when your message is in the form of harsh words or an argument.
When something is bothering you, text messages can’t portray your voice inflection or body language. So when a conversation is a difficult one, texting shouldn’t be your go-to.
3. If it’s going to take more than a few texts back and forth to explain something
If you’re having a pretty basic conversation but have to go through a lot of back and forth, picking up your phone is going to be the best bet!
Trying to find a place to go for lunch? Don’t spend 20 minutes going back and forth. Spend one minute on the phone.
So don’t get yourself in trouble or accidentally get into a text fight, pick up the phone or talk in person!