I definitely prefer talking to text messaging unless I’m in a setting where its impossible to have a phone conversation.
While text messages are great, they go only so far. They can’t tell me if I’ve made the person I’m communicating with upset, uncomfortable, insulted or angry.
When we speak face to face, we pick up visual cues and listen for audible cues to assess how the conversation is going. Text messaging removes those cues and places the burden on abbreviated words to convey a range of emotions and intentions.
Unless my message is obviously funny, is a smiley face or LOL telling the recipient to laugh or that I’m laughing. (Although every time I see LMAO, I can’t help laughing out loud at the image it conjures up.)
And those abbreviations don’t work on my non-English speaking friends.
Sometimes, like today, after looking at the 20-odd messages that passed between a friend and I, I wondered, wouldn’t it have been better to just pick up the phone and talk?
That’s the other thing text messaging eliminates – the sound of peoples’ voices.
Frankly, all this technology keeps us separated in our own little worlds. I wouldn’t mind a little more face time with my friends.
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