Texting Someone Three Times in a Row Is Almost Never Okay

Never Okay: The Please Respond Triple Text. There comes a time in every dalliance with a psycho when you haven’t been in touch for a while, and they decide to burn it all down with a multi-text diatribe about PEOPLE who don’t RESPOND to TEXTS. Often these meltdowns are followed by some variation of “please respond.” Nobody has ever received three novel-length texts and thought, “Huh, that guy really showed me myself. Better respond.” But they have screenshotted those texts and sent them to all their friends with the caption, “If I get murdered soon, it was this guy.”


Rarely Okay: The “Where Have You Gone?” Triple Text. If you sent her a text a few days ago and didn’t hear back, and then you sent her another text yesterday and didn’t hear back, don’t send a third text today. Every text you send from this point on will just make her feel harassed.


Sometimes Okay, Always Annoying: The Player Triple Text.

I occasionally receive a string of texts that looks like this: “hi”/ “what’s up”/ “in your hood.” While not offensive, per se, these texts do not make you look casual and aloof. They make you look like you couldn’t even take the time to compose a text with proper punctuation.


Usually Okay: The Banter Triple Text. If you really have a robust rapport with someone, then by all means, send three texts in a row. Just be cautious of banter burnout: It’s all fun and games until you’re lost in your “bit,” firing off multi-text jokes, and I’m bored of being your audience. (“Hahaha” means go, “haha” means stop.)


Always Okay: The Correction Triple Text. Sending a third text to correct a typo in a previous text is acceptable. The disgrace of an uncorrected typo always outweighs the disgrace of a triple text.