No Texting, No Exceptions! [One Month Challenge]

So there’s this guy.  (Isn’t there always?)  The last thing he texted me was some inside joke about avocados.  I fell asleep before I texted back.  That was pre-Thanksgiving.  And now I’m left wondering the obvious – what the hell do I text back to avocados two weeks after I fell asleep?  We all find ourselves in this quandary – how do I take this textual conversation to the physical realm?  Should I be funny? Direct? Brief? Use an emoticon? Screenshot a meme so obscure only my future husband could find it funny thus proving whether or not we’re meant to be?

Texting at it’s origin was meant for simplicity and ease of communication.  “I’ll be there at six.”  “Please bring my sweatshirt when you come over.”  “Address is 106 Maple St.”  But for every phone number, date, time, and address you receive, you also get one of these, “What are you up to?”  The answer can be simple.  If you’re replying to your mom, “At the gym, call you later.”  If you’re replying to your best friend, “Laying on the couch thinking about going to the gym to hit on that blonde dude.”  To that girl who always goes to the best parties, “Gym – you trying to go out tonight?”  To your ex, two hours later, “Sorry, was at the gym, what’s up?”  To that super hot guy that got your number two days before, text your best friend first.

Like online dating profiles, our communication has become contrived, plotted out like a sitcom hoping the laugh-track kicks in immediately after we hit Send.  For the sake of my own sanity, I have a new answer: don’t text.  And for the month of December, I’m not going to.  I’m single, living in a new city, and sleep with my phone next to me.  I anticipate severe withdrawal symptoms, but I have high hopes for a new state of enlightened communication – or at least a cheaper phone bill.  Follow my progress here, and join in the fun if your thumbs can handle the vacation.



  1. kellyoconnor1234 says:

    i could NEVER do this,

    1. datebynumbers says:

      I am already in a state of suffering.

  2. Lisa says:

    Wait. I want to do this but I need more parameters. What do you do when someone texts you? Is it just no texting, romantic interests? Can your respond to your mom or brothers, or best platonic friend's text?

    1. datebynumbers says:

      Thus far, when someone has texted me, I've called them back. I just called my parents to let them know.

  3. splashininpuddles says:

    I have done this for giving up something for lent…and I went CRAZY! The hard thing was I found I would have a lot of friends that would text I would call and they wouldn't answer but then text me back 2 seconds later being "what is it?" It's amazing how we prefer not to have our actual voices heard and rely on text to do the talking for us. And so I had to post on facebook so all my friend to know that I gave up texting so man up and call…it was quite an interesting 4 weeks.

  4. datebynumbers says:

    I had to post on Facebook, too. It's been one day and it's already been… trying.

  5. Anon says:

    I have friends who don't always have time to talk. We gchat and email but sometimes texting is the only way we can keep in touch. I simply would not be able to do without texting. But I am also not one of those people who uses it so much that I feel the need to give it up, if that makes sense.

  6. […] On December 1, I swore off texting. I figured giving up texting meant I would spend more time on the phone.  What it actually did was make me crafty. I could just email her. I could write on his wall and tell him I can’t text. I could, in theory, print this photo and mail it to my parents. Or I could call them. To me, swearing off texting meant swearing off passive communication, but I was shocked to realize just how many types of back-seat interactions were now available to me. In efforts to remain true to what I understood to be the purpose of this texting ban, I picked up the phone. […]

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