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What does DTB mean?

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We’ve all seen illegible internet slang floating around, which isn’t easy to decipher. Acronyms have taken over texting largely, and missing out on them can very well mean missing out on the conversation. 

In this article, we’re talking about another such popular slang called DTB.

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What does DTB mean?

DTB essentially stands for “don’t text back”. The acronym is used most often in rather one-sided conversations. It’s like receiving a message where the information is there for you to see and the sender doesn’t want a reply. 

You can use it when you don’t want a reply, at least for a while. The acronym is common in all sorts of texting, including Whatsapp, messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and pretty much every other social media network. 

Where should you use DTB?

It could be a work meeting, or maybe you’re just spending some quality time by yourself. You can include this in your message to discourage the receiver from texting back. The term might as well be an expression of anger; either way, if you see this pop-up, you probably shouldn’t reply immediately.

Another thing you should keep in mind while using the phrase is that your circle should be well accustomed to it; otherwise, all you’ll be getting is more replies asking what you just sent. The good thing here is that owing to the popularity of the slang; the chances are that most of the people you talk to would be familiar with the term.

However, we would still suggest avoiding using it in professional conversations or somewhere else where it might be out of place. While using slang is a pretty effective way of avoiding consecutive messages, using it in the wrong place can have the opposite effect. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: