20-40-60---Etiquette question and answers
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Your question: Let’s talk about text messages. Can you invite someone over by texting them? Can you break up with someone via text? Is it rude to be texting when you are out to dinner or at someone’s house? How do you use texting? Do you need to use proper grammar when texting?
Lillie-Beth’s answer: I like texting. It’s a great way to do things like finalize plans, hire a sitter or connect with someone you care about when you don’t have time to talk. Depending on the situation, I don’t think it’s wrong to invite a friend you see regularly over for a casual dinner via text, although a phone call is better, and I have had some good conversations, even, via text. But I hate it when the flow of a conversation that I’m having in person gets interrupted so someone can respond to a text. In that case, the mobile phone becomes more important than the person standing right there.
And I can’t imagine ending a relationship via text; to me, that’s just a wimpy way of avoiding a difficult part of living. Texting isn’t a substitute for real-life relationships; I’d rather develop those in person instead of using a method that only lets you talk in less than 160 characters at a time. And the 40-year-old journalist in me likes using proper grammar unless my text gets too long.
Callie’s answer: I invite people over via text all the time! You can send out a mass text to everyone, if at the last minute, you want to have people over, or even to change the time for your dinner reservations, or if you’re running late to a dinner.
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