Ah, the text message. It is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand you don’t have to engage in lengthy phone conversations, yet on the other trying to interpret them is seriously a headache. Like “yeah”…what does “yeah” mean? Are you mad at me if you just send me a “k”? Do you only see me as a slam piece because you text me at 2am? The list goes on.
Here’s the kicker: guys and girls both obsess over this stuff. Ladies, if you thought you were alone analyzing his every word, think again. It has come to our attention, at the expense of our guy friends, that they too are just as confused as we are. Why can’t people just say what they really mean? Why does every text seem to have some hidden agenda? Who knows. The world today is about immediacy; we want information and we want it fast. If we are going to choose to keep relying on the text message as our primary form of communication, we sure as hell better learn to take them with a grain of salt.
We are two twenty-something “professionals” with day jobs in the consulting field, but we’ve decided to expand our consulting repertoire to something we, and um, every one we know, obsesses over: the text message. Now, we’re not claiming to be text connoisseurs, we still ask our friends if our text to Mr. Aloof has the right nonchalant air before we hit send, but, together, we can push past the bullshit and get to the point. So, send us your texts (screen shots are welcome) or your text etiquette woes. We’ll help you with the leg work of wading through the winky faces, the “cool”s, the ex-text, etc. If we can’t truly translate your texts, at least you looked elusive and mysterious for not responding right away… that’s what we hope when we wait three hours to answer with “k” right? So, let us be your text consultants. If you find this idea amusing, even interesting, then tweet us a confusing text @textconsultants or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can do!