Texting and its Detrimental Impact on Relationships

Texting and its Detrimental Impact on Relationships

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With the average person between the ages of 18 to 35 sending a thumb exercising 88 text a day. It is no wonder that you are starting to see the difference in their relationships. But some people may be wondering why? What is it about the communication medium that is causing an invisible rift in communications? In the first look one would say that texting is a great thing. It makes me closer to my significant other any youth could say. I love the ability to contact my man at all times. However it is that very instant communication that is causing a rift in communication. Call me old fashion but there is something to the fact that letters phone calls and email carry so much more weight. Like many other individuals I find myself doing what I am going to refer to as “ghost responding” that moment when you look back in your text list and wonder when you sent that message. This very “ghost responding” leaves me to wonder how much weight is taken by the receiver of that message. Intimate relationships are delicate and require work and dedication. Texting is a mindless checking in procedure. Have you ever found yourself in that position where you have nothing more to talk about on the phone after a long day of texting? Or you are simply talking to talk? Could it be that you have already said all that you wanted to all day long?

As a communication major I love digging into the interworking of communication. And I have come to a place to wonder if this form of communication is all about instant satisfaction and gratification. Think about it when do you text someone, the moment that they text you or that you are thinking about them. This very instant way of communication is not the place for emotionally, relationally, or spiritually deep conversations. Something that I decided is that in my relationship I would set a standard of sorts: I proposed that we not talk about emotionally, relationally, or spiritually deep conversations over texting. Instead I wait, I compile things that happen in the week/day that will be beneficial to discuss. Then when I actually do get to talk to them I find that our conversations are much more meaningful and rewarding. People in general desire communication they thrive off the affirmation that you are thinking of them and they are likely thinking of you often. So I want to present you a challenge one that could possibly change the way you communicate and the value of your communications. In your relationship set a standard that you will limit texting to a minim and see how much more rewarding  your face to face and talking time will be.

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