11 Obnoxious Texting Behaviors Guys Need To Quit, Like, Yesterday

I hate texting. You can never tell the tone of what someone is saying without a string of emojis and you’re always left wondering why it takes them so long to reply when everyone is attached to their phones 24/7. It’s all so exhausting. When it comes to texting guys, though, it’s so much worse — especially if they have any of these habits:

  1. Texting first then not replying Perhaps the worst texting offense is when a guy starts a conversation and then gives me nothing but radio silence once I reply. It’s nice to know he’s thinking about me when he asks how my day is going, but then he just disappears when I actually tell him? WTF is that? If he’s not really interested or doesn’t actually have time to talk, why bother messaging in the first place?
  2. Sexting out of nowhere Getting a racy text if I’m into a guy can be exhilarating, but when it’s nine in the morning and I’m about to go into my daily meeting at work, it’s just uncomfortable. He should really learn how to assess the situation a little better and ease into a sext conversation. No one wants to drop their phone in a loud, “OMG, I hope no one saw pictures of his junk” scramble at the office water cooler.
  3. Blatantly ignoring questions I ask him how his day was and if he wants to get together this weekend for some beer and live music. He replies quickly and excitedly and only answers one of the damn questions. It’s not an interrogation — I’m just trying to see if he’s free this weekend. When he does that, all I’m stewing over is whether he actually wants to get together or if he’s ignoring me because he’s trying to avoid telling me he’s just not interested. Or maybe he’s just stupid. Either way, I can’t figure it out.
  4. Junk pictures of any kind This should be self-explanatory, but unless I ask for a picture of a dude’s  junk — and let’s be real, this will never happen — I definitely don’t want one. I repeat, I DO NOT want one. Maybe he’s proud of what he’s got going on in those boxer shorts of his and I’d probably like it too if he let me decide when I want to see it. Otherwise, he just comes off as a grade A perv.
  5. Drunk texting Sure, it can be sweet that he’s thinking about me when his brain can barely function, but it’s not sweet getting woken up at 3 a.m/ to a string of texts that make absolutely no sense. He should do himself and women everywhere a favor and put that phone away until he’s sober.
  6. Texting endlessly but never wanting to meet up So he can text all day and night but can’t meet up because he’s too busy? I call BS. If he’s not into me or doesn’t want to hang out, that’s cool, I can take it. However, I sure as hell don’t want to be just some name on his list of people to text because he’s bored and can’t go more than five minutes without some sort of contact with someone.
  7. One-word responses If he isn’t that interested in the conversation, cool — he should end it like a grown man instead of continually sending “lol” or other one-word responses. Those are bonafide conversation killers and everybody knows it.
  8. Asking for nudes Unless we’re already dating or in a serious relationship, there’s a really good chance I won’t be exchanging racy photos with a guy. There’s a whole network called the internet that he can visit to find all the pictures he wants of hot women in nothing but underwear, so he can go do some Googling and leave me alone.
  9. Not typing like a normal human being It’s not that hard to type out an entire word or even string of words. If his texts are all full of abbreviations such as DKM or LMK, I’m going to start wondering whether or not he can even spell. He needs to make the effort to actually type full sentences.
  10. Not knowing when to stop texting Women may be more into texting than guys — well, some of us do — but trust me when I say that I do not want to hear from a dude all damn day. It’s nice to have a conversation that lets me know he’s thinking about me but I’ve got stuff to do. I don’t have time to have an aimless conversation 24/7 and he shouldn’t have that kind of time either.
  11. Overusing emojis What is he, a 13-year-old girl? It’s one thing to throw in a wink face or any other typical emoji now and again — it’s even welcomed occasionally — but if he’s sending a whole string of nothing but emojis, all I’m doing is sitting there trying to decode this foreign language. I’m a woman, not a symbol decipherer. If he must use them, he should pick one and text like a normal person.
Angelica Bottaro has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trent University and an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She began her career as a freelance writer in 2014, racking up bylines in The Good Men Project, MakeWell, LymeTime, YouQueen, and more. She eventually shifted her focus and began writing about mental health, nutrition, and chronic disease for VeryWell Health.

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