We text friends. We text family members. We text work colleagues. In fact, many of us prefer texting to other forms of communication.
But some people take it too far. They text constantly. Or about things that shouldn’t be in texts. Or they avoid communicating in other ways.
This can be uncomfortable, no matter who you’re interacting with. But it’s particularly trying in a romantic relationship. Especially in the beginning.
Excessive or inappropriate texting can feel like stalking. It can make you think you’re in a relationship when you’re really not. It can allow you to say things you wouldn’t face-to-face. It can push two people apart.
That’s why I recommend setting texting boundaries early on. This way, you both know where you stand. You both know what’s okay. And what isn’t.
Boundaries make it easier to show each other respect. You know where the lines are. You don’t have to worry and wonder about doing too much. Or too little.
In other words, setting texting boundaries makes getting to know each other less stressful. Seriously.
Texting is a big part of the modern anxiety of dating. Are you responding enough? Too much? Are you saying the right things? Can he tell what you mean? How can you ask him to cool it without hurting his feelings?
Boundaries wipe all of that away. Which is why I’m going to tell you exactly which boundaries to set and how to set them.