Phone etiquette for the modern age: When to text and when to call in one easy guide

Dec 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET
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Times have changed — and phone etiquette has, too. Before you pick up that phone, these days you need to stop and ask yourself: Should I call or should I text?

What are you going to interrupt, prevent or cause by actually, physically ringing your friend? And can what you say be condensed into 100-ish characters and/or emojis? Let's figure out what the best course of action is for your situation.

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When to call and when to text
Image: Tiffany Egbert/SheKnows

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So there you have it: Texting is the way of the future! Just be careful about using that eggplant emoji unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing.

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