Just as in real life, sexting is your choice, as it's your phone. Once an image is "out there" -- it's "out there." Think: I know plenty of guys who routinely pass around their phones to their friends to check out sexy photos from other women. This is a major disrespect of privacy, and just like you can't read you're bestie's diary and then complain about what she wrote about you, you can't go through his texts and then confront him without showing that you violated his privacy.If you have suspicions of "inappropriate/incriminating" texts, ask your partner. "/"I have no game with women right now." These types of messages come off as needy and insecure.Although relationships are of the flesh, in our day and age of digital reality and instant communication, if you are dating, you will be texting.And although your relationship is built around the face-to-face time you spend with your partner and texting is merely a way to communicate -- like the Pony Express was back in the day -- there are do's and dont's to texting the person you're seeing that I've found helpful.So, here are the 10 Commandments of Dating Text Etiquette: 1.) Do not drunk text.This seems like an obvious one, but it bears repeating.
Most men will pay for first dates, but some won’t pay or expect the woman to pay for her share.It's so annoying when you're talking to a guy and it's obvious that he's only half-listening because he's simultaneously watching TV or checking the latest headlines.If it's not a good time to chat, ask him if you can call him back.DO give each other your full attention DVR, Internet, the Ramen simmering on the stove—life is full of distractions.But when you're on the phone, try to keep competing stimuli to a minimum.You might think something is funny that really isn't and you are more likely to cross boundaries that shouldn't be crossed.You can try the Drunk Text Savior App or delete certain numbers from your phone when you know you're going to be partying.Remind yourself that whatever you drunk text is likely going to annoy, or even worse, anger the recipient, and you will end up looking a fool. Get a second opinion from a trusted friend, or if the text really bothers you, reply with something neutral and then bring it up to your date in person. This is especially important for women who are dating (and texting with) men.We all get drunk from time to time, but as a general rule of thumb, when you're partying, give your texting finger a vacation. Men are pretty simple creatures when it comes to their phones. Passive-aggressive behavior via text is just as unacceptable a form of communication as it is in real life. With words, sexting can be very exciting (hey, I'm a writer).It's like saying, "I'm just hoping someone more interesting and/or important tries to reach me." Keep it in your bag and check it during a trip to the ladies' room.Your guy might not come right out and say it, but he'll be tickled pink that you're focused on him.