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Tips of Expressing One’s Mood Correctly Through Text Messaging

By Avena Sowell Subscribe to RSS | May 29th 2012 | Views:

Text messaging is one of the most prominent ways of communicating today. Whatever be the occasion or mood, everyone enjoys fiddling their fingers on their mobile device and sending text messages. But at times, sending a text message can also lead to misunderstanding, anger, confusion, etc., if the message is not conveyed correctly. Just look at the sentences below and see how just simple punctuations can change the meaning of sentences:

She said that! – Here exclamation point shows energy and emphasis, that some girl said something.

She said that? – Here the question mark, actually asks someone if a girl actually said something.

Some simple rules and points need to be kept in mind while sending text messages, so as to ensure that you convey the correct message, feeling or emotion to the person you are sending it to:

1) Firstly, those topics that involve strong emotions and feelings should not be discussed via text messages. E.g. proposing to someone, telling them that you love them for the first time or condoling a friend over the loss of a loved one. These situations are tough and though text message seems like an easy way out, it would be highly appreciated if you would dial the number and talk to the person instead.

2) The best way to express your emotion is by using smileys (emoticons):

:) – for smiling, happy

:( - for sad, disappointed

:|- for blank, no reaction,

:o – for awe and surprise and numerous other short expressions can be found online to be used to show exactly how you feel. Just two points need to be kept in mind while using emoticons:

• not to overdo it and

• the person you are sending it to should be able to decipher it

3) If you are honestly happy texting to someone and want to convey the same, use exclamation points whenever possible. It shows your excitement and conveys an enthusiastic mood to the recipient.

4) If you want to put emphasis on a certain feeling or point then put that word in capital letters. Here avoid using all capital letters in sending text messages and for that matter any messages, as it shows that you are yelling or angry. By the way, if you do want to yell or are that angry, it’s better to follow point no.1 and call up.

5) The best way to show that you are uninterested, upset or frustrated is by not typing much. During such situations, it’s better to use “OK.” Or “Fine.” Notice the use of period at the end and not exclamation mark or no punctuation. This shows that you have given closure to the discussion and do not feel like talking about it further.

6) Use of short forms like Lolz, LMAO, ROFL, etc. are another good way to express the way you feel, but ensure that the recipient also understands the meaning. E.g. LOL usually denotes Laugh Out Loud, but it can also be decoded as Loads of Love.

7) One more thing that everyone should keep in mind is when to use the above points. When sending a serious text message to boss or business clients and customers, use of short forms and emoticons is very inappropriate, while the same is correct form when conversing with best friends.

Thus, the above points should be kept in mind while sending text messages so that we can get our point and mood through to the recipient clearly and avoid any misunderstandings that may lead to petty quarrels.

Avena Sowell - About Author:
Author is an experienced business writer, has been writing in the business world for a long time. The article tells about the features and usage of Bulk SMS Software,send text message, SMS and sms marketing software.

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