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Three Dots

8 years ago by

Three Dots

I’m big on text etiquette.

It can be tricky to navigate, but it deserves attention. I talked about the Read Text before (still as annoying as ever!), and skimmed over the three dots. You know, that ellipses which pops up in the middle of a texting conversation. I met my friend for coffee on the weekend and she was talking about a recent break up, how the ellipses kept coming up then going away and coming up… Until finally she just called the guy and demand they actually discuss it over the phone. The back and forth on text, and those dots coming up and falling away were just too frustrating to handle.

And I completely understand where she’s coming from. I feel like we’ve all been there. It might even be more irritating than Read Text. (Can’t believe I went there, but there you go…)

What do you find most annoying when it comes to text – or general tech – etiquette?


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  • The Chicago Manual of Style states that “ellipsis points suggest faltering or fragmented speech accompanied by confusion, insecurity, distress, or uncertainty, and they should be reserved for that purpose.”

    I don’t text often so I have no texting etiquette frustrations.


  • I can’t resist…I have to text!
    XOX, Gap.

  • Haha, comme je vous comprends!!! Mais qu’est ce que c’est frustrant, autant les … que les “lu à ..H..”


  • Jeanne April, 1 2015, 2:39 / Reply

    haha sooooo true.

  • In my office, some wrote … so much we started writing it dot dot dot.

  • sometimes the … shows up and the person wasn’t even typing!


  • i am a grown up and use texts mostly for business and now business people are using emojis UGH save me!

  • I couldn’t agree more! For one I have a love hate relationship with texting. No one actually calls anymore to talk about a issue they have with someone. The communication skills for the younger generation is being lost because if you have a issue instead of picking up the phone to talk one just shoots off a text or email with out thinking of what the other person will say or how they react! There is no need to think before you react or confront someone because you don’t have to worry about a confrontation face to face or speaking. People hide behind the screen. I know ironic saying that as I am typing. I too hate the read and dots. I turned mine off. I don’t think I need to be at someone’s beckon call and they don’t need to know if I have read their message or not. If it’s important call me. Just my thoughts though! Like I said love hate lol. Great post!

  • Anne Grubb April, 2 2015, 8:30 / Reply

    There are a lot of wonderful things about texting, but I so enjoy a real phone call–it’s so spontaneous , fun
    and fast. I mean we have the ability to SPEAK, most of us, why would we want to revert back to TYPING? It’s kookey!

  • I am definitely a stickler for grammar and well written emails and texts. My respect and desire to know someone diminishes quickly without it!

    Warm Regards,

  • Today, it’s hard to tell when a text conversation ends. Does it drag on longer? Do you let it sit there? Do you say good bye? I mean, it can be hard to figure out when it ends.

  • JULIETTE April, 3 2015, 8:37 / Reply

    I had the same issue so i decided to turn off the iMessage function unless i’m abroad and really need it.
    When it’s off you don’t see all the awful and useless details ;)

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