- 3 Ways to Not Let Autocorrect Stress You Out
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Let’s say time is of the essence, and you must get a text message out to your friend right away. You type it up, and in the middle of your sentence, that one word keeps getting changed by autocorrect (auto-correct? auto-correct?). You continually change it back because it’s not the word that you mean to say.
Sure, autocorrect is helpful and all, but it doesn’t always understand what you’re genuinely meaning to convey in your writing. Like when you’re being sarcastic or whining about something on purpose.
The word you used would work fine if you were talking to each other in person. You love the help with spelling and grammar but, dang, it should give you room to have more of your own voice, right?
Well, it doesn’t. I know, autocorrect can be a big help. Most of the time, it’s just frustrating.
Yeah, you could just disable it on your phone but, what about those times when it comes in handy?
It’s like a catch-22. You need it when you’re typing fast and in a hurry to make fewer mistakes, and then it turns your writing into crazy talk if you stop paying attention.
Here are a few good ways to think about your cell phone’s autocorrect.
Well, that’s not precisely true, depending on what you’re trying to say to someone. It could be a message that will change the other person’s life forever, like a break-up or a make-up.
If it’s that important, though, shouldn’t you pick up the phone and make a call?
So many text messages are unnecessary or about something frivolous. Who cares if it’s clear? Don’t waste energy worrying about how autocorrect screwed things up. It’s only a text.
Listen to it with a smile, then do what you think is right anyway.
We love our parents and, whether or not you admit to it, know how to take their unsolicited advice or ignore it when necessary.
In case my mother is reading this, I’ll move on to the next point.
Your texts should sound like the way you talk — like the real you. It’s not an essay or an article. It’s a conversation.
Go ahead and add in that “ain’t” and occasional grammatical error.
Giving an OMG or crazy imoji in your text helps people know it’s you. We all want personality.
Don’t worry if your writing isn’t perfect.
Give a friendly smile to your “autocorrect parent” when it pops up, and then decide how to proceed.
You can ignore or edit. You have the power.
Either way, it’s just a text.
- Date of publication:
- Mon, 04/05/2021 - 16:09
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