I have to admit that I am old. Communication and the way we do it has changed many times in my lifetime. While I am a Grandma, and even a Great Grandma I do text. I text on a daily basis.
I remember when my oldest granddaughter began texting. I was always after her for poor spelling and grammar. Hence she rarely texts me anymore. I am saddened by this but I do feel strongly that etiquette should be taught to each of us.
Recently I sent a text to a relative that I had not ever texted. Instead of assuming she would know who was on the other end of that strange phone number I started my text like this: Hi (Name), This is Rebecca, (Regina’s Mom) yadda, yadda, yadda. I would have done the same thing if I had called this person- or written them an email or snail mail- so why shouldn’t it be done in a text?
Recently I received a text from a person requesting work through our delivery business. It was vague and the person assumed I would know exactly who they were. Well I have two clients with the same name and as Murphy’s Law demands I went to the wrong client.
I do understand how and why people text the way they do- I am simply writing in hopes of pulling some of them out of their self absorbed world and change the way they send a text. First- if you are not texting EVERYDAY with someone do not assume that they know exactly who you are or what you want. Take the time to say- This is (NAME). Second- reread your text before you hit send! Some of the auto correct features make text messages undecipherable. Which means that now you will be exchanging several texts to clear up confusion. Third- if you are using text messages to do business- please be respectful of the times you are sending them! Honestly a text at 3 AM is just downright rude!
I know each of us are busy! I know text messages are a quick way to get something done! But they are quicker and more efficient if you identify yourself, proof read your text and last but not least make sure it isn’t in the middle of the night!