Monthly Archives: May 2014

Textiquette: there should be a class or something.

In case there was ever any doubt, we are officially in the digital age. People are so connected to their digital devices that we might as well become cyborgs and just get them implanted directly into our brains! Unfortunately, though, I think that Einstein may have been correct about our technology surpassing our humanity, and now we are an age of people who do not understand how to interact with each other. We use texting, email, Facebook chat, Twitter, Instagram, etc., etc., etc. to communicate at each other as opposed to with each other. And the rules of grammar and social etiquette are just gone!

rulesThere need to be rules, people!

And apparently there are. While I wish I could take credit for the word “textiquette,” I found that, sadly, it’s a pretty popular word… even if people don’t seem to know the rules it implies. A Google search for the word came up with around 5,900 results in about 30 seconds.

So, apparently I’m not the only one who’s become frustrated with rude and inconsiderate texters*.

* I should make a note here to explain that the incident that originally inspired this post was based on a misunderstanding and I’m no longer upset about it, but thank you (and you know who you are) for the inspiration!

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Texting has become such an important part of communication that some people, myself included, are leery of talking on the phone until they are really comfortable with a person. This leads to a variety of interesting dilemmas, such as problems between friends or hurt feelings between lovers. In honor of my Summer Dating investigation, I thought I’d talk about the different types of texters, the communication problems that can arise when different types of texters clash, and how to work around these problems.

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The way I see it, there are about 6 main types of texters. Each comes with their own set of benefits and faults, and sometimes different combinations just do not mesh (Think explosions in the digital world!). Here are the biggest offenders that I’ve seen:

 

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And we’re back…

Obviously I’ve been out of commission for a bit. I finally crashed and burned. For the first time that I can remember, Liz did not land on her feet… A friend of mine from college used to say that she thought I was blessed because I somehow always landed on my feet.

Well, I think that streak is over. It was a good long run, but, as with all good things, it had to come to an end.

pillow fortThat’s not to say that all is lost: Life is actually looking up for me.  The job situation is quite over. With the school year wrapping up, and me still technically on medical leave, it’s time to start looking at summer jobs and to cement my plans for next year. Obviously, given the bizarre turn of events for me of late, I probably definitely won’t be returning to the school I taught at this year. I have a few options, and I’m exploring all of them.

In other news, I have found that I have really amazing friends. While I allowed myself to fall very far down into a depressive black hole, they’ve been there to check on me, and to let me talk, even if most of my talk was just to ramble on about how little I understood about my situation. I was confused as to how it got so bad.

I’m also aware that from an outside perspective, it’s not that bad. I have a  roof over my head, a family that loves me (although we don’t always know how to show it to each other), friends who are actually there for me in a crisis, and probably lots of other things that I should be thankful for.

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