Too Much Texting/Sexting Can Be Detrimental
~Please visit Texas Health & Life for the Most Affordable Texas Heath Insurance & Texas Medicare Supplement~ Texting is currently one of the most instant forms of communication. While texting might be the perfect platform to say a quick hi,there are some things to watch out for in a texting relationship with your partner.
Texting Too MuchIf your partner texts too much, it's not only unnecessary, but irritating. Keeping in touch with your significant other throughout the day can be thoughtful, but constant contact by text is probably over-doing it. Consider talking to your partner about giving you a little bit of space. If they’re using texting messaging to monitor everywhere you go, that is a warning sign of abuse.
SextingEven if you trust that your partner will be the only one to ever see the pictures, you can never guarantee that the pictures won’t end up on someone else’s phone or online. No matter how much your partner pressures you, remember you should never have to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. Sexting can have legal consequences. Any nude photos or video of someone under 18 could be considered child pornography. Even if whoever sent the image did so willingly, the recipient can still get in a lot of trouble.
Reading Someone Else’s TextsHealthy relationships are built on trust and not jealousy. You have the right to privacy and the ability to talk to whomever you like. You may want to explain to your partner that you have nothing to hide, but don’t like them going through your phone or deciding who your friends are. If your partner refuses to change, you could be in an unhealthy relationship.
Threats over TextThreats over text should be taken seriously and try not to write threats off as angry venting. Keep track of threatening texts and think about talking to someone you trust about what is happening. Being in a violent relationship is dangerous and you should not go through it alone.
What Can I Do?Here are tips to keep you safe and healthy:
- It is ok to turn off your phone. Just be sure your parent or guardian knows how to contact you in an emergency.
- Do not answer calls from unknown or blocked numbers. Your abuser can easily call you from another line if they suspect you are avoiding them.
- Don’t respond to hostile, harassing, abusive or inappropriate texts or messages. Responding can encourage the person who sent the message to continue to harass and will not get them to stop. Your messages might also get you in trouble and make it harder to get a restraining order or file a criminal report.
- Save or document troublesome texts as you may need them later for evidence in case you file a criminal report or ask for a restraining order.
- Many phone companies can block up to ten numbers from texting or calling you.
- If you are in or coming out of a dangerous relationship, avoid using any form of technology to contact your abuser. It can be dangerous and may be used against you in the future.
- It may seem extreme, but if the abuse and harassment doesn't stop, changing your phone number may be your best option.