Think back to the last conversation you had. Was it face-to-face? Was it over the phone? Or was it via text? For many of us, texting has become the go-to method of communication, but we shouldn’t confuse texting with talking.
It can be easy to pick up our phones and engage in long text message conversations with friends and loved ones. We talk about big issues, we argue and we make up – all over text. The problem is, because of the nature of texting, it can be incredibly easy for messages to get misconstrued.
The message becomes flattened, as texting irons out the meaning that normally fleshes out our words. Ironically, texting can also make us feel more isolated. Initially a text message can make us feel connected, but in the long-run it is a poor substitution for real intimacy.
Text messages should really only be used for getting quick messages across – “What time are you getting here?”, “Can you pick up some milk on the...