Proper Texting Etiquette for Teen Dating

Learn texting etiquette in this teen dating advice video from Howcast with expert Shallon Lester.

Transcript

Hey guys. My name is Shallon and I'm here to help you with all the questions you might have about love, lust, romance, and everything in between. For more, visit me on twitter @downtownshallon or be sure to check out my website shallononline.com. Remember life before cell phones? Neither do I and quite frankly I don't wanna know. Here are some easy tips to make sure you are following proper text etiquette. First of all, spell things out. If you are one of those people who sends like U and C and Like with a y, you look kind of illiterate, not cool, and you probably are literate so go ahead, take the extra six seconds and spell out the words you are trying to say. Also, if at all possible, avoid LOL. I once had this boy texting me who literally put LOL at the end of every text. You're LOLing that you just went to the gym. Really? You are laughing out loud that you're in class. What are you talking about? It doesn't even make sense half the time. So be sure you don't over use LOL, same with emoticons. I've also dated guys who used emoticons every other word. The ones with the nose and the eyebrows. Stick to winking, frowning and smiling and that's it. Those are the only three emoticons you need in life. And lady's here is a good tip for you to know and this is advice I give to girls my age, don't text a guy back unless he asks you a question. I know, I know you will find ten thousand excuses to break this rule, trust me, but I promise you that if you stick to it you will cultivate some amazing habits and you'll keep him more interested in you. Believe me, if a boy wants to keep the conversation going he'll find something to ask you, besides, you're fabulous and interesting, why does he not want to ask you questions. And, as always, when I comes to romance keep things private. Don't show the text that he just sent you to all of your friends. I know, it's tempting every once and a while but would you want him showing around your words? Probably not. Another thing to remember when texting with the opposite sex is to keep it short. Don't be one of those people who rambles on digitally. Three part text messages. What are you actually saying? Probably not very much. So, what I do is I pick the number, like my favorite number 87, and I make sure all of my text messages are 87 characters of less to a boy, no matter what. That keeps it brief, keeps it to the point and keeps it just a little bit mysterious and flirty. So, to recap, we want to keep it short, spell it out, and keep it private. That's all you need to know. Bye

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