Are you looking for dry texting examples?
Well, I can certainly provide lots of examples of dry texting as this is a form of texting I’m very familiar with!
Dry texting isn’t how you want to communicate with someone you care about, but there is a time and place for it.
Here are some examples of dry texting and what it means to dry text someone.
What Exactly Is Dry Texting?
Dry texting is defined as sending a text message that lacks emotion, enthusiasm, excitement – or basically any effort at all.
On the flip side, a dry text is the opposite of an emotional, thoughtful, or descriptive text.
And, in most cases, a dry text hurts most when you send a long, thoughtful text that took a lot of effort and brain power to write – only to get a one-word, or worse a one-letter ‘dry’ reply.
25 Examples of Dry Texting
Here are 25 examples of dry texting in real life:
- “Got it.”
- *no response*
- *insert emoji*
As you can see, there’s not a lot of effort put into dry texts!
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to figure out what the person is trying to say.
It does help if you know them well and what their personality is like, but dry texting can leave something to the imagination.
It’s not even the fact that they’re using abbreviations. It’s more so that you know they’re being lazy and lacking effort.
If the person you’re texting isn’t putting in as much effort as you, it’s offensive. It shows that they’re not as invested in the conversation as you are.
Why Would You Dry Text Someone?
There are a few reasons why someone might dry text you:
- They don’t care about you or the conversation (as harsh as that is).
- They’re busy and don’t have time to put effort into their texts.
- They’re not a very emotional person.
- They want to end the conversation.
- They aren’t text-savvy (this is why my dad sends me one-word replies!)
If someone is constantly dry texting you, it’s a good indication that they’re not interested in you or the conversation.
If you’re pouring your heart and soul into your texts, it’s a good idea to pull back and stop doing so.
It’s similar to having a conversation with someone in real life that doesn’t look or act like they’re listening – it’s frustrating!
How Do You Respond to Someone Who Sent You a Dry Text?
How you respond depends on who the dry texter is and what your relationship is with them.
If it’s someone you don’t know well, you might just want to end the conversation.
Giving you short answers pretty much cements the fact that they’re not that interested in the conversation and are not willing to put much time or effort in.
If it’s someone you care about, however, you’ll either understand it’s just their way of texting or you could confront them about their text messaging habits.
If we roll back some 10 years or so, you could almost excuse short text replies.
Texting on a Nokia with tiny push buttons wasn’t the easiest, and we didn’t have the advanced predictive texting capabilities modern smartphones have.
But in this day and age, it takes pretty much the same amount of time and effort to construct a full sentence with the proper grammar and punctuation (don’t get me started on ‘text speak’) than it does to send a short, dry reply.
Dealing With Dry Texting
One of the major issues with texting, in general, is that it’s easy to misinterpret what someone is saying or feeling.
This is even more of an issue when someone is only giving you one-word replies to work with.
A couple of things I wanted to add, were:
- Don’t jump to conclusions and assume someone is in a mood with you
- Don’t try and read between the lines, ask them to elaborate on something you’re not sure about
- Don’t let it annoy you!
I see texting conversations as similar to most of the relationships I have with people – I’m willing to put in as much effort as they are.
If someone is a dry texter, I don’t necessarily go as far as they do necessarily, but I certainly don’t continue to put in a great deal of effort.
And I certainly don’t let it annoy me. It’s frustrating at times, yes, but it’s nothing to get worked up about.
Why Texting Etiquette Matters (to Me at Least)
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not perfect when it comes to texting etiquette, and everyone has a differing opinion on what that is, anyway.
But I try to be as considerate as possible and answer in a full and comprehensive way, especially with people I care about.
I think it’s important because:
- It shows you’re interested in the conversation and care about the other person.
- It helps avoid misunderstandings (texting can be a minefield for miscommunications!).
- It shows you have good manners.
- It’s just generally more pleasant to read and respond to!
I’m sure anyone with a teenager is shaking their heads right now. Getting a teenager to text back more than an “mhmm” or “OK” is a challenge!
What are your thoughts on dry texting? Let me know in the comments below!
Image credits – Photo by Cee Ayes on Unsplash
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.