Texting. We do it. They do it. Everybody does it. It’s become an inseparable part of the culture, but the main problem is that people often miscommunicate because they don’t know how to text properly (or at all). With this article, you will learn 6 texting tricks that everyone must know about.
Use GIFs And Memes
A picture is worth a thousand words, and that is especially true for texting. You want to tell someone how you’re feeling or make someone smile over text, but expressing yourself with just text seems too cold. That’s where GIFs and memes come in handy.
A GIF is defined as an animated image or video clip, especially one depicting a person or animal in motion.
A meme is defined as an element of a culture or system of behavior passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.
There are plenty of apps out there that you can use to search for the perfect emoji for your situation. If you need to express an emotion not found in the emoji collection, then it’s time to bust out a GIF or a meme.
To illustrate the point, here is a good example. A girl texts her boyfriend, who is going out with his friends for the night, and she wants to make sure he has a good time. By using only text in this situation, it doesn’t seem like the best way to cheer someone up before they go out for the night. By using a GIF of a party hat, the girl is able to send something that shows she will be thinking of him while he’s out.
It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to use any form of media when trying to communicate with someone. A picture might say a thousand words, but there are infinite things you can do with text on
Use ‘+’ To Mention Someone In A Group Chat
If you’re texting a bunch of people at once and want one specific person to know that you’re talking about them, don’t put their name in the entire message. Instead, put a ‘+’ symbol next to their name.
This works because the phone will send the text back to that particular person, so they are aware of your comment specifically for them. This tip helps if you’re texting with 4-5 friends, and you don’t want anyone to get confused about what was being said.
Use Slang To Sound More Natural
If you don’t want to use proper grammar or spelling, then it’s time for some slang. Slang is defined as words, phrases, and usages that are informal and particular to a certain region or people. It usually consists of words used in a casual speech that are unique to the group.
It’s important to be able to adapt and use slang when texting because it helps you sound like a part of that group. If you’re reaching out to your favorite celebrity on social media, then using the right kind of slang might help your chances of getting a reply.
Reply To A Message By Double Inking The Last Sentence
Let’s say you’re texting someone, and they send you a long paragraph. They’re done talking and all that’s left is for you to respond. You could send them another long paragraph, or you can use the double ink trick to make your final remark instead.
To do this, simply type out what you want to say as usual, but leave half a blank space between your words and the last word. Then double ink the last word and send it to them.
Use Smart Quotes To End A Sentence In The Middle Of Another Sentence
You’ve probably seen this already and wondered what it meant. The smart quotes trick is when you type out a sentence and the end of your text isn’t grammatically correct because you used quotation marks instead of apostrophes to end the sentence.
Sometimes the capitalization at the beginning of a word in a sentence can throw off autocorrect, so the apostrophe should be used to make sure it doesn’t happen.
Use ‘:’ To Make A List Or An Intro For Paragraphs
A list is very useful when you want to make a few points or say something in bullet form. You can use this trick for lists, quotes, personal stories, and just about anything else.
All you have to do is put ‘:’ at the beginning of each sentence or sub-point that makes up your list. It can be at the end too, but it should be separated by a semicolon, so it’s easier to read.
In conclusion, it’s important to be able to communicate with people through any form of media. Using these six tricks will enable you to express yourself in a more efficient way so that nothing is lost in translation.