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Five Situations When You Should Not Be Texting

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

For college students, texting is just another everyday thing, like brushing our teeth or doing homework. We text in class, on our way to class, when we’re with friends, while driving (which I don’t condone!). We text when we probably shouldn’t be texting. What we might not realize, however, is that it can get us into some trouble and come across as impolite, and occasionally even unprofessional.

Just as a refresher, let’s go over the top 5 situations in which your phone would best be left turned off (or at least on silent) in your pocket. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind!”

During an Interview

Another situation in which you should probably not text: your wedding. Photo by Jeremy Atkinson.

In a CareerBuilder.com poll, employers said one of the top ten most common mistakes a person could make during an interview is either answering a phone call or texting. I know what you’re thinking: Who does that? But believe it or not, some people just don’t even think about the repercussions. So, if I may offer you a little piece of advice, don’t even think about it. It’s unprofessional and impolite. Interviews usually don’t last that long and I’m sure whoever texted you can wait.

At the Movies

As Anderson Cooper says, “Texting in a theater is like using a flare: people are going to see it!” In fact, in most theaters isn’t there an on-screen message before the movie that asks everyone to “please, silence your cell phones and refrain from texting during the movie”? I think so. Nobody wants to pay their $8-$10 only to repeatedly see the little glow of someone’s cell phone. If just have to text, step outside so you don’t bother everyone else.

With your Grandparents

It’s truly sad for me to go to a restaurant and, in the midst of people-watching, see a young person text in the presence of their grandparent(s). If you don’t live with your grandparents, chances are you don’t see them that often, so I’m sure you can afford to put away your phone for an hour or two to catch Grandma or Grandpa up on your grad plans.

While You’re On a Date

A lot of guys have told me that a turn off for them is when the girl they’re on a date with is texting. Even if it’s just for a second, it makes your date feel like you don’t value your time with them and/or you’re not having fun, and no one wants to be in that uncomfortable position. From my research, most people find it annoying and downright rude when their date would rather text instead of talk. If you want a second date, put your phone away.

On The Job

My heart has never pounded so hard before I got caught texting at work. Luckily, my boss didn’t fire me (or even give me a warning), but the fact that she saw me doing it was all the warning I needed! If the thought of losing your job doesn’t scare you, two years ago at a public pool in Arizona, a child almost drowned because the lifeguard was texting when he should’ve been paying attention. Luckily, a parent saw the child and rescued him. Suffice it to say, that lifeguard was fired.

Now that we’ve gone over text etiquette, I think it’s clear we’ve got a theme going here. In certain situations, texting can wait. If you know you’re going to be away from your phone for a bit, let whoever you’re texting know what’s up and that you’ll get back to them when you can!

And check out this article; it’s even bad to text and walk sometimes!

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One Word Texts: Why You Should Stop

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Am I the only person who hates one word text messages? I love texting just as much as any other college student, but I tend to worry the conversation is heading downhill as soon as the one word texts start coming in: “haha”, “ya”, “lol”, etc. Can we say annoying? What do you even say to that? I say if you’re going to bother to text “ya” to someone, you might as well write a whole sentence, otherwise it’s just not even worth it to respond.

Photo by Joi Ito

Let’s debunk the convenience of one word text messages and find out why they have so much potential to start an argument and why we should stop.

One word texting has now not only become an excuse for laziness, it also allows us to be nasty without being held accountable for our actions. We say things through texting that we might never say in person, just like we do with our computers. Before texting became so popular, everyone was forced to talk to everyone else in person or at least on the phone. Now that texting has graced us with its convenient presence, we can avoid some pretty precarious conversations. But the problem starts when the person doing the texting never sees or hears the reaction from the person on the receiving end. We are left to guess what kind of tone is behind the text, and from there our imaginations can run wild. We can’t tell the effect our words are having on the other person (which might work in your favor if you hate confrontation), but it’s not going to help anyone improve their communication skills.

For women, when a man sends a one word text, he’s subtly sending the message that the conversation has died and he doesn’t want to talk anymore. (I should know, I do the same thing.) Women are generally known to be more talkative than men, and I’ve heard from a few of my guy friends that as soon as the girl they like starts talking in one word texts (a.k.a. caveman speak), they start to think they might be boring the girl. For me the solution has always been to say to the guy, “Not very talkative today, are you?” and he gets the hint. But what if instead of playing even more guessing games with each other, we nailed down a possible solution to this frequent problem?

Texting is like that hot fudge sundae you love so much: just because it’s there, that doesn’t mean you should, um, eat (use) it. If you want to avoid unnecessary drama and minute misunderstandings, save texting for the unimportant conversations, and leave the important ones for the good old fashioned phone call.

To put it even more simply (and to modify the famous words of Dr. Seuss): say what you mean and mean what you say, but don’t say it through texting (unless it’s not important).

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