It comes down to this:
“To text, or not to text?”
Whether it be the morning after a break-up or the morning after a super wasted night with friends, there’s never a more indecisive moment of when to send that text. Okay, you have finally worked up the courage to talk to that guy you’ve been plotting on, but what do you say? Do you say “Hey”, “Hello”, or “What’s Up?” Do you even send the first text? Or do you wait?
Always remember that the first text is equivalent to making a good first impression in person. So if you do decide to take initiative, let’s remember these easy steps for “Texting like an Urbanista”:
1. Be yourself.
Never lose your inner (our outer) Urbanista flair.
2. Keep the cat in the bag.
If you would not it say it in person, do not say it in a text message. Whether it be something about yourself that you may not want people of the outside collective to know, or “sexting”, don’t do it. You will thank me later.
3. Time Tactics.
“He took 5 minutes to text me back, so I’m going to take 10 minutes to respond to him.” Ladies, we have all done it. Let’s stop doing it. It’s simple: don’t text back too fast, and don’t text back too slow. Know how to properly end the conversation without leaving “text message cliff hangers.”
4. Don’t be a “Punctuation Punk”.
Being in college is being in limbo between adolescence and maturity. You are going to learn, but the choice to actually use what you learn is all yours. The only thing I ask, is that you use all the grammar rules that you have accumulated. Never dumb yourself down to come off more attractive through the phone. Proofreading is your friend.
5. Emoji Love
We all love to send the convincing smileys, or the infamous “-_-” straight faces. The only thing I can really say about these emoticons is…do not over do it. A smiley face after every phrase only works for JAY-Z.
All in all, when all else fails, refer to rule number one, and just be you.