10 Times not to Text.


“LMK if Dad Makes it, K? THX!”

Texting is great for lots of things.

I actually prefer texting to a phone call, most times.

It’s a quick, convenient way to stay in touch.

Some people, though, seem to have forgotten when texting is appropriate, and when it isn’t—ever.

The idiots’ guide to when not to text:

1. Don’t text during your wedding.

2. Don’t text during a funeral.

3. Don’t text while walking.

4. Don’t text during sex.

5. Don’t text during yoga class (unless you work for Facebook).

6. Don’t text during meals.

Now, some people would argue with that one, but to me, be where you are. Talk with the people you’re with. Unless it’s a quick text to someone on their way to meet you: Put the phone down.

7. Don’t text while driving. Ever. Ever. Please. Never.

8. Don’t text while walking. It bears repeating. You look like a jackass. You are going to trip and break your stupid smartphone.

9. Don’t text in the bathtub or on the toilet. I would hope this goes without saying (but I’m guessing it doesn’t).

and last but not least:

10. Don’t text while you are doing something else.

Just do one thing. Send a text and pay attention to that. Talk to the people who are with you and just do that.

Multitasking makes us stupid.

We all try to do it and end up doing everything mindlessly and without focus.

So if you are eating a peach, close your laptop and let that delicious peach juice drip all over your face and make a wonderful mess without worrying about your keyboard. If you are in the bathtub, just be there and let it be like liquid meditation. If you are making love, you better not be anywhere near that damn iPhone, please, for the love of Cary Grant and all that is sacred—just be present.

And if someone dies, make an actual phone call. Don’t be that guy.



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Carolyn Dec 27, 2014 6:07am

This article is simply stating people should not lose manners, common courtesy and sense to text messaging. I agree 110% with kate and I think the list should even be longer. Texting should be a convenient tool, not a lifestyle. People lose social skills when texting becomes the main form of communication. For those who are offended by this list, I think texting made you a little sensitive (Another con about texting). How on earth does this list make kate “passive aggressive”? She’s entitled to her opinion. She’s reminding humanity not to lose themselves, their respect and decency when it comes to texting and it’s appropriate time. And yes, It’s very rude to text at a funeral. I don’t care what generation we are in. Manners, respect and being thoughtful never goes out of style. Wake up world, we are still human, not phones. Not long ago, I read an article how “smartphones” has brought on a generation of idiots. I’m all for advancement and technology and it’s convenience but I’m turned off when apps, phones, and texting replaces or interferes with the roll humanity should play in the present. Great article Kate! Thanks for the reminder.

Tracy Sep 23, 2014 3:48pm

Multitasking makes us stupid?

chris Apr 29, 2014 4:20pm

…except…Camille….to "start actually being present with them and to ourselves" (interesting phrase) we would have to not be, um, texting? Right? Less texting, more talking is the message here. Pretty simple. Pretty obvious. Stop whining about your right to text whenever you want and start thinking about what the message is. It's the truth. Over-texting is simply an addiction which has become rampant and it does effect everyone. Get a grip.

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