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Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Texts Will Never Hurt Me

1 Comment 25 March 2011


 

 Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Texts Will Never Hurt Me

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The power of communication through social media has without a doubt surpassed the “just a trend” stage and is truly a way of life - texting alone is the number one form of communication for most people, so the emotional and psychological aspects must be analyzed. What is the psychology behind a text? Beyond that, what emotions do we feel when texts are cruel? Or loving? Do we react the same as we would in person? I would really like your input as well, so feel free to comment.

The Psychology of a Text

Texting is just like talking, right? We form thoughts and put them into words, so the difference is that the person is not right in front of you, you can’t hear the tone in their voice, or see the expression on their face. Texting also tends to be more to the point, sometimes maybe even abruptly so. You can also not answer, or answer when you feel like it - you can even blame the lack of response on your phone. Overall, texting is just easier and helps us to avoid awkward situations, and the lack of contact makes it easier to just come out and say what we want to say.

The Emotion Behind A Text

This is where it gets sticky, personal and physical contact accompanying the words or conversation are very important elements in communication. Thanks to texting we are connected all day, but are we making a connection? I notice that I tend to take content in a text based on my own mood, which means I may completely misunderstand a text. I’ve also known others to take what I text completely differently than how I actually meant it. So do the emotions behind text mean anything? More or less than if you were face-to-face? It makes you wonder, rejection through text hurts just as bad as it would sitting across from someone - “I love you” is still as wonderful to see typed out as it is the hear. So could it be a good thing, maybe, to be so open all day with your thoughts and feelings without ever making physical contact?

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