Firing off too many messages can kill a budding relationship. We tell you when to step away from the cell. Before you hit send, find out the 10 most annoying texting habits.
1) When you're drunk.
Since phones don't come with Breathalyzers, it's up to you to stop yourself from sending a tipsy message - especially one that suggests you two meet up ASAP. "Being too available lets a guy know he has all the leverage," Krieger says. You might come off looking kind of crazy or out of control.
2) When you're angry.
It's annoying when a guy flakes, but sending a "Why haven't you called me?!" inquiry makes you look massively insecure. Avoid angry texts once you're in a relationship too. "When it's in writing, you can't easily take it back," Kirschner says. It's even smart to ban bitchy humor, which can sound meaner than it is. Warning: If he's trying to make you look like the bad guy, he might just want out of the relationship.
3) When you've already texted him that day.
Once you're in an ongoing relationship, you may be tempted to rely on texting as a regular form of communication, and there's nothing wrong with staying in touch that way sometimes. In fact these naughty e-notes will turn him on in 10 words or less. But electronic communication discourages phone conversations and one-on-one time. Also, guys like brief updates, not a blow-by-blow of your life.
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