Text like a Teenager

Posted on: October 19th, 2016

META Quick Tip: Text like Teenager

Tips for preserving your intangible legacy - the memories you make, values you share, communities you strengthen, traditions you honor - by our Special Projects Assistant, Marianne Cothern.

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Text like a teenager!

by Marianne Cothern

Do you want to make stronger connections with your younger family members? It may be time to stop calling and start texting.

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My niece was the first baby born in our immediate family for nearly thirty years. Needless to say we all went baby crazy and wanted to keep up with her every move. Fortunately, we had technology. My brother began sending - much anticipated - group texts with photos. The unexpected benefit is that now the family checks in together regularly via text.

"Phone calls are for 911"
Because texting is quick, unobtrusive, and allows for a conversation to fit around other activities it’s become the preferred method of communication for people under 50. Most young people say they almost never make phone calls except for work or emergencies.

"Voicemail is for dentists"
Apparently young people do not leave (and rarely listen to) voice mail. The assumption is that anyone needing to reach them will send a text. Voicemails are for dentist appointment confirmations only now. (Now I understand why my younger siblings never call me back…)

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Some Texting Tips
  • Keep texts brief.
  • Wait for reply before sending another text.
  • Be careful with sarcasm as it can be difficult to perceive in text.
  • Before hitting send be sure you’re texting the correct person and that auto-correct hasn’t changed your words.
  • Texting photos is great but limit to one or two at a time.
  • Be yourself.
  • "Schedule" phone calls via text.

Want to learn to text? Ask a teenager.
If you’re ever around a young person you know their phones are rarely out of their sight. Teenagers – on average – send 60 texts a day. If you want to learn more about texting ask a teen. They’re passionate pros and would be pleased that you asked for their help.

We know estate and business planning like a teenager knows texting. We do it all day, every day. We’re passionate pros and we’d be pleased to help you.

Call us at 805-856-3400.
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