How to Get Someone to Stop Texting You, and Other Vital Tech and Dating Rules

Kelly Dawson

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Ah, texting and dating. The two things are as intertwined as the hands of people who actually like each other. Early on in a relationship, texts are usually sweet and full of hearts—it's not uncommon to use exclamations like "Good morning!" and "I miss you!" regularly. As the bond progresses, the texts eventually become more comfortable and, dare we say it, average: A screen lights up with "Do we have milk in the fridge?" or "Did you remember to pay that bill?" Texting underscores all relationships, from its earliest sparks to its later comforts, so it's easy for texting to get complicated whenever that partnership hits a snag.

"Texting in romantic relationships has its pros and cons," says Kelly Campbell, professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. "It is a very convenient way to communicate and may provide a way for partners to stay in touch when other means of communicating are not possible. However, it is important that when misunderstandings occur that partners seek clarification in person."

As easy as it is to zing off a text whenever you want to get in touch with your partner, there are clear reasons texting may not always be a straightforward way of communication. Most people have had numerous experiences with texting's challenges, from small miscommunications to larger fights. If it so happens that you'd like for the person you're dating to stop texting you, how do you go about that in the healthiest way?

We asked Campbell to help decode the strengths and weaknesses associated with dating and texting, especially if you're considering using this form of communication to end a relationship. Read on to get her insights.

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