The 5 Most Annoying Text Messages

Most of the time, text messaging is fast, easy, and convenient. But there are a few offenses that text messagers engage in that makes your skin crawl. Here, the five most annoying texting habits--and how to b!tchslap that texter.

1. The Double-Message Texter
Of course you screen calls. Everyone does. So why - why?! - do certain people feel the need to send a text letting you know that they just left a voicemail? Calm down, dude.
B!tch-slap technique: Text back, "What's next, a carrier pigeon?"
(Psst! Want to know the 5 Times You Shouldn't Text Him? Find out now.)

2. The Mass Texter
This text usually reads something like, "What are you getting into tonight?" You know in your gut that this very same text just went out to 20 other people at exactly the same time, and that the sender is just waiting to receive all his/her options before deciding what to do.
B!tch-slap technique: You know how you can block those newsletters that you never signed up for by sending an e-mail with "unsubscribe" in the body? We suggest doing the same thing in a reply-text.

3. The Goobers and Popcorn Texter
You've been waiting to see the latest rom-com but someone in front of you insists on ruining your experience by texting for the entire 96 minutes. EVERYONE sees the phone lighting up and vibrating violently every two minutes.
B!tch-slap technique: When the lights come up at the end of the flick, call up a friend and loudly discuss how rude the guy texting throughout the entire movie was. Then get ready to start running.

4. The Needs-to-Grow-a-Pair Texter
How can you not cringe if a guy sends you a text like "TTY L8ERs" or "C U 2morrows"? Tween speak is never cool.
B!tch-slap technique: Tell him that he should really consider an iPhone, BlackBerry, Sidekick, or "anything that gives you more room to text." He'll realize how outdated his text-talk is. MORE: Sexy Texts to Send him!

5. The Cult Texter

There is always at least one point in the night - a lull in the conversation, a pause between thoughts - when it gets really quiet, and you look around and realize that all your friends are busy texting. One person pulls out her iPhone, and then someone else starts doing it, and before you know it, you're in the middle of the sacred circle of text.
B!tch-slap technique: Send a text to everyone at the table asking, "Should we order another drink?" It will make everyone laugh but also point out the silliness of the situation.

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