A while back, I gave you some advice on talking to a girl through instant messenger. Now I will give you some guidelines to follow when talking to other men. There are some unwritten rules that are required to maintain a sense of masculinity when talking to another man on IM.
Failing to follow these rules can result in a man being perceived as a queer—and nobody wants that. Here are five rules all men must follow when talking online.
Rule #1: Dispense with the Pleasantries
When it comes to starting a conversation over the internet, men should never bother with pleasantries such as “Hi” or “How are you?” Just get right into the conversation. Saying hi is for fags.
Rule #2: No Emoticons
Emoticons are perfectly fine to use when talking to a woman but when you are talking to another dude, THEY ARE OUT OF THE QUESTION. If I see some stupid smiley face with red cheeks on my screen, I will immediately begin to question your sexuality. There is no acceptable situation where a man can use an emoticon.
Rule #3: Don’t Worry About Awkward Pauses
When talking online, men will go long periods of time without saying anything to each other and then bring something completely different up two hours later, not even realizing their conversation had stopped. That’s because men don’t worry about awkward pauses.
When talking to a girl online—particularly one you like, there is a constant pressure to keep the conversation going. Men don’t give a shit about this. So don’t try and keep the conversation going by saying crap like “So what else is new?”
The right way would obviously be not saying anything.
Rule # 4 Don’t EVER Write LOL
Writing LOL is for teenage girls. Don’t ever write LOL in an instant message conversation to another man. This is the one rule you must follow at all times. If your buddy says something funny, you should write “haha” or “that’s funny” instead of LOL.
Come to think of it, men should avoid using any sort of abbreviation when talking online. TTYL, ROFL, LMAO—all these make you sound like a homo.
Rule # 5: Saying Goodbye is Optional
When talking to a woman on instant messenger, it’s polite to say goodbye when leaving. When talking to a man, it’s completely optional to do this. If your friend signs off without saying goodbye, you should never be offended, particularly if there is a break in the conversation.
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