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HUMOR: Texting While Driving (thumbnail)Step away from your iPhone and find out how you can improve your texting behavior.

1. Responding To Late Night Texts

See his name pop up on your iPhone at 12 AM? Ignore! When your potential love interest is messaging you late night, Dr. Walsh explains it “shows you are up and available during booty call time.” Instead, if you really like him and it’s a new relationship, limit text between 7 AM and 9 PM.

2. Sexting

Have you ever sent a sext? Nearly 41% of American women have sent them. And sure, it’s a good way to keep the spark going when you’re in a trusting relationship, but remember naked photos are dangerous when you’re not in a committed relationship. “They have a digital life that lasts forever,” Dr. Walsh explains, “guys even have websites where they dump naked pics of their ex girlfriends to share with the guys.” Is that horrifying or what?

3. Disclosing TMI

It’s easy to get wrapped up in a text convo with someone you like. It’s easy, quick and convenient. But it’s also a way to  easily reveal much more than you normally would with someone. Dr. Walsh explains texts should be used for planning a get together, like enable “see you at 7” or “I’ll be a couple minutes late.” Save the intimate stuff for the phone or a chat in person. “If you can’t talk on the phone, you aren’t actually in a real relationship,” Dr. Walsh explains.

4. Engaging With Text Addicts

After you stop talking about the tender topics through text messages, how can you train your text addicted crush to do the same? Train him. “It’s basic behavioral shaping,” Dr. Walsh explains, “Ignore bad behaviors.” Instead, tell him you’d love to discuss whatever you’re texting about on the phone.

5. Thinking He’s Perfect

It’s easy to get caught up in a fantasy when you’re texting nonstop. But this form of communication is devoid of real emotions. (No, emojis don’t count!) Dr. Walsh warns not to get lost in a fake relationship.

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