You have all the control in the world during the day. But as soon as the sun sets and down a few “adult” beverages, your fingers turn into your worst enemy. Alas you end up texting the very same person you swore you’d never contact again—your ex. While reading the misspelled words can cause a few chuckles the morning after, it can be darn right terrifying if you realize you’ve poured your heart out to an ex; even worse if your ex never responds to your pleas or specifically tells you to leave him or her alone. Drunk texting is truly a heinous crime. That said in order to save face and avoid humiliation, do not drunk text. Ever. But because it’s a little easier said than done, below are a few tips to help you have a night of fun without losing a little bit of your dignity.
1. List as “Do Not Text”
One of the easiest ways to prevent yourself from drunk texting or calling your ex is to change his or her contact information to something obscure—something so out of the ordinary that hopefully you’ll a) forget where to find him or her in your contact list or b) at the very least be reminded of why you’re not together anymore. For example, erasing “John” and replacing it with “Cheater,” “Lazy Bum,” or “Jerk” will most definitely make you think twice before pressing send. Or, you can keep it standard and simply list that person as “Do Not Call” or “Do Not Text” to give you a little bit more control during your time of weakness.
2. Swap Phones
While a great solution for a drunk texting problem is to simply leave your phone at home, it can become semi-dangerous and inconvenient if you get lost/separated from your group of friends or need find a ride home. But all you need is a phone—any phone to keep you in contact with the people you’re going out with. That said, swap phones with a friend just for the night. That way, you have a phone in case there’s an emergency, but you’re ex’s number is nowhere to be found.
3. Get Special App
There are also a few apps in the iPhone and Android market that can help smart phone users place restrictions on certain numbers—meaning, you can specifically limit your access to contacts in your phone during certain hours of the day. My favorite is DrunkBlocker. Before you start drinking, all you need to do is set a time where you don’t want to be able to call/text your ex (let’s say between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.) and you can’t get in touch with that person in that time frame. Best part? It’s free. Others include Drunk Text Preventer and Textalyzer.
4. Delete Number
Lastly, the most rationale idea (but what many may see as the most radical one) is to just simply delete your ex’s number from your contact list along with any pre-existing text message threads. If you’re scared to do this because you fear one day you might actually need his or her number for something, write down the number and “hide” it in place for safe keeping. If you use Gmail, for example, you can simply save his or her number in your contacts page, but don’t include it in your phone.
Does anyone else have any additional tips to prevent drunk texting an ex?
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.
Originally posted 2012-04-06 12:00:43.