- STEP ONE: Check For Messages. If you think you may have a text message, there’s a few simple ways to check. A great indicator that you can check up on rather quickly is to glance down on the “messages” icon n your home screen. Does it have a red number at the corner of the icon? If it does, that probably means you have a text message.
- STEP TWO: Decipher Whether Or Not You Have Received A Text Message. If you’re unsure whether either this red number is really from a text or iMessage or if you maybe have a red piece of something stuck to your phone screen, another great way is to click on the icon.
- STEP THREE: Locate Your Unopened Text Message. Once you've clicked on the icon, this should bring you to be viewing all of your conversations, with the name of the sender listed so you can see who is trying to contact you. Is there a number in parentheses () at the top of the screen next to where it says “Messages”? If so, this could mean that you may have an unanswered text. Is there a blue dot next to one of the names or conversations listed on your screen? This is another great indicator that you have a message you have not responded to!
- STEP FOUR: Open The Message. Click on the conversation. This should bring you to a screen on which you are able to view what the sender has written to you and at what time they sent the message.
- STEP FIVE: Read The Message. Does the message end in a question mark? Is the message phrased in a way that may mean the sender is looking for a response from you? When you read the words, do they form a sentence? Or when you read the letters, do they form a word perhaps? All of these could be signs that you should reply to the text message.
- STEP SIX: Write Your Reply. This is a very important step to ensure that you successfully reply to your text message. First, click on the box close to the bottom of the screen. This is the space in which you will type your reply, using the keyboard provided to you directly under the open message space. Spell out the words you will be choosing to reply to this text here.
- STEP SEVEN: Send The Message. This step is one of the most crucial, perhaps THE MOST CRUCIAL step in ensuring you have successfully replied to your text message. There should be some kind of button directly next to the text box in which you have just typed out your reply, a button that indicates an action of sending of some kind. It may be a blue arrow, it may be a blue button with the letters “SEND” on it, it may be something else. But if it suggests any kind of “sending” action, this is the button you are looking for. What you are going to do is press this button. Once you have hit this button, this should mean that you have successfully replied to the text message, unless notified otherwise by your cell phone, in which case your message was not successfully sent, perhaps due to poor reception or WiFi connection, and in which case you should try this step a couple more times until the message has been sent.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.
What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.
I've heard it all:
"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"
"You didn't even give him a chance!"
"You pay too much attention to the little things!"
What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.
However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.
So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?
Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...
1. Wants to know my friends.
Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.
I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.
Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.
2. Actually, cares to get to know me.
Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.
This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.
3. How they talk about other women.
It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.
If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"
Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.
Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.
4. Phone etiquette.
If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.
If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.
He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.
To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.
Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.
I use my phone as much as the next young adult but I don't use it for reasons beyond social media. I check my accounts, YouTube, music and maybe reply to emails. I don't use it for school work, work in general, or even side projects. It's become such a norm to use my laptop that I convinced myself I need it in order to do work that needs to be done.
I use to write around 300 words a day before I was given my first laptop. I wrote stories and blog posts every week for my small group of readers. Writing on a phone wasn't easy but it was the only way I could read stories and write to them as well.
Since I first got a laptop, I stopped using my phone as a way to write. My laptop was more accessible and it was easier to catch mistakes. It made more sense to look for a larger screen. The con side was that because it became more accessible, I didn't feel such a weight to write.
I wasn't writing stories so much as I was writing a blog post and strange poems. My mind was too into reality with all of high school and college that fairytales could only be explored through other people's stories.
Recently I was left without a laptop at my disposal but my major is a huge reason I continue to have to constantly write. I have to grow with my writings and expand my thoughts from what I learn and what I realize about myself. For a long time now, I convinced myself that my laptop was my only way to accomplish a task. I had completely forgotten that I have the world at my fingertips with just a tap of my phone.