Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Texting Is Giving People a New Way to Be Terrible

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I didn't even think of how manipulative I could be with people through text messages...yesterday, I was so naïve. Thankfully, today the Wall Street Journal has provided a helpful guide for the modern narcissist who wants to craftily navigate personal relationships in the most craven, miserable way possible via their cell phone.

Justine Campbell, 23, an Internet marketing specialist from White Plains, N.Y., sometimes sends texts in which she fibs in order to weed out the guys who are just on the make.

Here's how it works: She pretends to be drunk—she does this on a Friday or Saturday night. She then texts a guy saying something honest ("I really like hanging out with you") and makes sure to include spelling errors and mention her drunken state. If the guy responds nicely to what she said ("I like you, too. Why don't we talk tomorrow?"), she considers him worth a date. If he writes back something inappropriate, he's history.

"It works because people try to use your drunken state to pry the truth out of you," she says. "Little do they know I'm prying the truth out of them."

[WSJ]

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