Texting is one of the biggest and most important inventions of the 21st century. We are hooked on it for its convenience and fun Emojis, but we fail to notice its negative effects along the way. Texting is indeed the biggest catch-22 of the last century!
Texting messes up with our understanding of non-verbal cues, swapping them for potentially wrong ones. In addition, during a texting conversation, there is always a tangible power struggle between the sender and the receiver. Each time you send a message, there is a chance that you will be ignored.
Texting also leads to creating of bad liars!
“Sorry, I didn’t see your message!”
“You sent me a text? I didn’t get it.”
“Hey, sorry, I haven’t looked at my phone all day.”
The list of negative things regarding texting is quite an extended one, and the negative aspects basically outnumber the positive ones.
Here are some of the reasons to stop texting and how it ruins your life, both psychologically and scientifically:
1. Lack of conversational value and balance
If you are more into the conversation than the receiver of your message, the chances are you dominate the conversation and take it more seriously than the one on the other side. There are various approaches to texting, particularly when it comes to gender differences, too. For instance, women text to communicate intimacy while men text to communicate information.
2. Lack of normal conversational nuance
Texting lacks natural facial expressions, body language, voice inflection and other nuances which are critical for normal conversation. Specifically, you don’t have access to the personality of the receiver of your message in terms of sarcasm and humor and you are likely to miss the joke or the humor.
3. Read and seen messages
This option ( receiving a notification when the other person reads the message) puts pressure on both the sender and the receiver. The first one impatiently waits for a reply while the receiver is pressured to respond as fast as possible.
4. Digital connections are different from physical connections
Simply put, digital connections like texting, e-mailing, and tweeting are not connecting!
5. It is easy to deflect anything
Texting serves as an ideal tool for those who want to avoid taking responsibility for things.
6. It requires skills that not everyone possesses
Texting requires a wide range of skills, such as having the ability to communicate verbally it a way that will emotionally affect the recipient. Those who lack such skills are likely to lose friends and fail to fit in the whole concept of texting as modern means of communication.
7. Texting minimizes many topics, relationships, subjects and conversations
Texting minimizes various topics, subjects and conversations. It is apocalyptic on multiple levels and it`s a reduction of things, as Nick Cave says.
8. It is easy to lie about anything
Texting allows you to talk to five different people at the same time. You can write a text and push ˮreply allˮ. Simple as that! With this being said, it`s no wonder that texting allows people to lie about anything.