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Rules of Texting

February 23rd, 2011 by Rose DesRochers · 9 Comments

Texting for Stupid People

Texting is here to stay, but there needs to be some rules in place. A guideline if you will for stupid people. Before you even begin to pick up your thumbs to hit your cell phone’s keyboard I want you to stop and read these guidelines that Nicholas Sack and I came up with via Twitter.

Rule 1. It’s incredibly rude to text another person while you are on a date. You’d think everyone would know this already, but I guess common sense went out the window on this one. Just ask Nicholas.

Rule 2. Do not text and walk while in a subway terminal.

Rule 3. When texting wait for a reply, before you fire off 100 more tweets.

Rule 4. Include everything you have to say at any give time in one text. Breaking up a sentence into three texts is unacceptable.

Rule 5. Intoxicated + texting = fail . If you’ve been drinking, please back away from the phone.

Rule 6. Do not use entire songs for text notifications.

Rule 7. Do not text and ride a bike in Japan at the same time. It is illegal.

Rule 8. Do not overuse  canned messages to fuel text conversations.

Rule 9. Hey stupid quit texting and drive the car.

Rule 10. For the love of everything, please silence your notifications at places where silence is encouraged.

Rule 11. This can go back to rule 1. Do not text through dinner when you are at a restaurant with the family.

Rule 12. As Cineplex Odeon Canada says “Don’t be a Tommy Texter kids, let everyone enjoy the movie.”

Rule 13. Do not end a relationship by way of a text message. That just isn’t cool.

Rule 14. Do not text KKK for ok. IF your texts were ever misinterpreted it could be a bad thing. (My son taught me that.)

Rule 15.  Do not text while on the toilet. You could drop your cell phone.

Rule 16. Don’t assume that the person you are texting a zillion times isn’t at work.

Rule 17. When texting be considerate of other people.  “Mam could you please quit texting and place your order. There are other people behind you who would like to order.”

Rule 18. Don’t text to avoid phone conversation. (“You have a cell phone to land-line message from Tommy. I love you grandma.”)

Rule 18. Don’t assume drivers see you. When crossing driveways or intersections don’t text.

Rule 20: Maybe yous should not text and walk at all or be careful when texting and walking. In 2009, a 15 year old girl was walking and texting and stepped right into an open manhole, sending her several feet into the raw sewage below.

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Nicholas Sack is an avid musician, web programmer and technology enthusiast. He also owns and write for his blog, netSLUG.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • Nicholas Sack
    Wrote: Feb 23, 2011 at 2:23 am

    The definitive guide to being a successful text engineer right here. I’m glad I could contribute! 🙂


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Thanks again Nick

  • Citymom2
    Wrote: Feb 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    AWESOME Post. I agree with everything you said.
    Some of them are not phone issues either. When delivering “not good” news, it’s always best to do so in person, i.e., break up, job resignation; death/illness in family.

    Keep it up.

  • Peter McCartney
    Wrote: Feb 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    And then you have this: Texting Fail: Woman Falls in Fountain.



    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Funny lol

  • LisaF
    Wrote: Mar 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    These made me laugh! And just for reference, #5 is often called drexting. I learned that from my twenty-something year old daughters.


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Thanks for the info Lisa.

  • Kalen
    Wrote: Mar 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Rose. Number 5 is a very good one. As for number 6, hopefully it will be extended to cars in every state in the US soon. That’s a bit worse than riding with a bike in my opinion.

  • John Mak
    Wrote: May 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Hello Rose! Very interesting post! It is annoying when I see my cousin driving and texting at the same time. I get angry and frustrated because driving is a huge responsibility! Not everyone takes it seriously though.
    Thanks for sharing with us.