I like adding smiley faces to my texts, just to make sure intent is not misunderstood – although I don’t do it ALL the time. I also have to be careful what words I choose, even if it’s important to be brief when texting.
Years ago, one of my clients said to me, “You know, if someone were to find my phone and look through my messages, they’ll probably have very different ideas about what you and I do based on the texts between us?”
“Why so?” I asked.
“Well, we text each other like this:
Velvet, can you do me at 1?
Yes I can do you at 1.
“Makes it seem like I’m scheduling for a hooker,” he said as I guffawed loudly. But he was right. Even my female clients text me that way, and these days I respond, “Yes, I can see you at 1.”
One of my pet peeves is when my older brother texts me back regarding a question, he’ll answer “OK!” each time. I’ve wondered if it’s an automatic thing that he uses because whenever I see an exclamation point after any word, I automatically assume that he’s pissed off or annoyed – after all, he is an older brother and that’s his job to be annoyed by everything his sister does.