9 Texting Etiquette Tips So You Can Stop Saying 'I’m Such A Bad Texter'

9 Texting Etiquette Tips So You Can Stop Saying 'I’m Such A Bad Texter'

Being a "bad texter" is not a valid excuse.

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It's ironic. We're always on our phones, yet we're always leaving each other on "read." Or, we're taking too long to reply. That or we simply "forgot."

I'm here to tell you: quit it. It's annoying and not cute.

I'm someone who really reads into the text messages I get from people. If someone who constantly texts with exclamation points and emojis suddenly stops and texts with periods and NO emojis, then I know something's up.

It's 2018. We should all know texting etiquette by now. But, if you don't, or if you need a refresher, here are 9 tips to incorporate so you can stop being that one friend who's "such a bad texter."

1. STOP LEAVING PEOPLE ON "READ"

Instead, "like" their text message. I know iPhones have that option. Sending a "like" lets the other person know you've seen it and, well, "like" it so you don't have to reply. Easy peasy lemon squeeze-y!

2. Turn off your read receipts 

But if you MUST leave someone on read, the least you can do is turn off your dang read receipts. It's one of my pet peeves to check and see if my message sent to an iPhone user and see "Read at 7:15 p.m." That's just rude.

3. Use exclamation points 

If a message is dry—and you'll know when it is—add an exclamation to the end of it to jazz it up a bit.

Incorrect: I like your hair today.

Correct: I like your hair today!

Exclamation points change the whole tone of the message. Utilize it!





4. Use emojis 

iPhone users, you have no excuse. Android users, switch to iPhones already (JK, there's an app you can download).

Emojis are meant to add emotion to a text. What's the point of having them if you don't use them? They're adorable and there's one for practically every emotion!

5. Utilize the Animoji feature 

If you have an iPhone X and later, utilize the Animoji feature! You can even create your own to look like you! This makes texting easier and faster. If you're not in the mood to type, speak and send!

6. Send gifs 

iPhone and Androids both have gifs in their text messages! Use them! It makes texting so much more fun.

7. Make use of Siri 

If you're ever in a rush or just can't be bothered to text someone yourself, ask Siri to do it!

8. Send music 

You can also send music! Share your favorite songs with your favorite people!

9. Stop taking hours to reply to your crush 

I can personally attest to this—I HATE waiting for a reply. It's the most annoying thing and my boyfriend knows that. He even admitted that he purposefully took a while to reply to me before we were dating. Yeah, don't do that. Just reply normally. They won't think you're too eager. They'll probably just think you're a good texter.

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!
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When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:

-@brandonwoelfel

-@tess_and_sarah

-@brandymelvilleusa

-@goldenretrievers_

-@cats_of_instagram

-@zodiac.signs

-@thegrilledpineapple

-@jazzjennings_

-@chipper_thegolddog

-@llauratheleo

-@heyshalice

-@sailorhaley

-@sandcloudteam

-@photosabss

-@sharkbaitblond

Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Apple's 'Screen Time' Feature Is A Wake Up Call For iPhones Addicts

I was shocked, to say the least, at how many hours a day were spent being unproductive on my phone.

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A few days after I updated my phone, I received a notification I hadn't seen before. It stated my "screen time," which I was unfamiliar with at first but quickly caught the drift. As I saw the amount appear, five hours and 27 minutes, I was repulsed. I kept thinking, "this has to be wrong" but it was not.

As a society, can we really help it? Phones have become our entire world, as scary as that sounds. Many people work off of their phones, which is a valid excuse to have a large amount of screen time, but as college students, most of us use our phones for social media. And we can't help it.

There is not much work that can be done off of my phone, but there surely is a lot that distracts me from the work that needs to be done. Perhaps others have more self-control with their social media use, but honestly, I do not. What I have found that works in lowering screen time is deleting apps that make me stay on my phone so long, but they always eventually are re-downloaded.

Perhaps this is just the future of our generation. We have phones, and social media accounts so of course we are using them, and most of the time we have slight self-control when it comes to it. The screen time aspect of Apple's update is eye-opening, and very truthfully, I almost always dread the weekly update. I try hard to not get lost in my phone because there is always work to be done, but sometimes everyone does. This notification I dreaded so much has helped me take my life back, and put my priorities, work, and friends before my phone usage. As much as it saddened me to receive my first daunting screen time notification, each week I get a burst of happiness when I see the amount of time spent on my phone decrease.

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