Proper dating etiquette
If you really want the other person to see your sincerity, it’s best to just get off the phone and spend time with them already!
After all, face-to-face is always better than phone-to-phone.
As a general rule, keep your phone away from you when you’re drinking. As with actual person-to-person conversations, try to keep your thumbs away from your phone when you’re upset.
You might say something that will only make the situation worse, and even if you don’t mean any harm, there’s always that chance for your text messages to be misconstrued.
Hiding behind your phone is one of the worst ways to start any relationship. Be sure that whatever you say through text is something you can stand by and even repeat in person. Using plenty of emoticons in one text message can make you look schizophrenic, because—let’s face it—the person you’re texting is most likely envisioning you with face.
Be aware of situations when it’s all right to text and when it is more appropriate to just pick up the phone and call. Be mindful of what the other person could be doing at certain times of the day. Not only might you be waking them up at 2 a.m., but texting at odd hours also makes you look needy, weird, or inconsiderate. When you’re dating, especially in the early stages, texting etiquette suggests that it’s best to keep it cool at first.
As always, it’s best to speak in person and talk about your feelings instead of taking the underhanded route.
[Read: 13 modern dating trends you need to dump immediately] #9 Don’t make big decisions over text. And if you want the other person to feel as special as they truly are to you, save your declarations of love for them when you see them in person. Somewhere along the way, you may start sexting each other. Done the right way, you can make your budding relationship even more exciting, as long as the other party is in on it, too!
Avoid texting quotes, or worse, chain texts that send a curse or a “promise” if you don’t send to x number of people.
You will not get the attention that you’re seeking with those junk texts, so it’s best to keep things short and relevant. Remember, it doesn’t matter how great you are with all the texting etiquette in the world, if you are insincere about your messages, that sentiment will always have a chance of seeping through at one point or another.
While there are traditional rules for who will initiate texts in the dating world, it’s a show of courtesy to acknowledge a good date.