The Seven Deadly Texts

5. Wishing him a happy birthday.
A celebratory text may fly for less personally relevant holidays — Thanksgiving, Easter… maybe Labor Day — but that’s about it. While you don’t have to throw a fiesta whenever your guy has a quarter- or half-birthday (though we’re not stopping you), his real birthday only comes around once a year and it should be treated like a special occasion. No matter how little attention he seems to give it, nobody is too cool for birthdays. Save the boring text for a more ordinary day and put a silly party hat on instead. Same goes for anniversaries: celebrate with enthusiasm.

6. Starting a fight.
First of all, if you find yourself wanting an explanation for why he hasn’t responded to your text in three hours, it’s best not to jump to any conclusions. You may have just misunderstood the situation, and an angry text can be especially hurtful if your allegations are inaccurate. “It’s almost impossible to distinguish tone in a text and someone may feel attacked,” adds Mackenzie, a collegiette at Suffolk University. Even if you aresure you have a right to be upset, texting isn’t the best way to approach it. Ask him to meet up; the delay will allow you some extra time to gather your thoughts to save yourself from blurting out a regretful, poorly phrased accusation.

7. Breaking up.
We see what you’re trying to do here: avoid the awkwardness of face-to-face interaction and the possibility of a long, upsetting conversation. Brilliant! Except that it’s disrespectful and ten times more hurtful than it could be otherwise. If you shared a relationship with someone, he deserves legitimate closure. Swallow your pride and say it to his face.