Text & Conversations
The progress of technology has brought new frontiers in the way we communicate with one another. Since the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1849, the way we communicate has changed forever.
I find it funny how texting has become the norm in communication even though in the past, people do not find it at all useful when you can call. However, people of the past did not even comprehend how mainstream texting will turn out to be.
Texting speaks volumes about how introverted humans actually are. We stare behind a screen typing ferociously away on our virtual keyboards sending short messages consisting of symbols and lines that will then be sent to others sharing our thoughts and concerns. The same if not a much more impactful approach would be to pick up the phone and call but instead, we prefer the text.
Texting is synonymous with the way Millennials communicate. We use instant messaging applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook Chat and so on. We also use texting to coordinate social functions and discuss ideas for a project. Sometimes, we even use texting instead of a doorbell. The question here is, ‘Why are we so obsessed with texting?’
Here’s what I think.
Texting is Simple
The basics that you need to know before you start texting is a basic understanding of Language. I mean, sometimes, you don’t even need to know anything before you can start texting (well… except maybe switching on the phone). Texting is simple, really simple. Just type your message on the virtual keyboard and send it out to a receiver. That’s it, and because of its simplicity, Millennials love it. It removes all the hassle of human to human interaction if the goal is to just send a simple message.
Humans are Innately Introverted
Humans are considered social creatures. We form complex social hierarchies and have complex social interactions within a group. However, even though it is true, we are still innately introverted. We longed to be alone especially after having so many interactions. We longed to just listen to our music and cut off all ties with others and texting helps us to do just that. With texting, we eliminate all forms of body language and vocal interactions leaving up to simple words to convey messages. It removes almost all forms of emotional attachment in a message.Therefore, it helps us to convey information without the need for any personal, emotional interaction.
Humans love to live in their own Time
Unlike calling, texts received are not obliged to be replied immediately. This might be why Millennials love it so much. Unlike calling where one has to reply and think on his feet about the questions that might be asked by the other party, texting allows us to have time and space to ponder and think about the answers we want to give. We feel more in control of our time and the conversations we are having during a period of time. With a much higher sense of control, it is inevitable that we turn to texting whenever we can.
Like I’ve said before, texting is currently a fundamental way we communicate. However, with new upgrades and new inventions, the way we text will inevitably change.
Texting might be a bland and a direct way of communication while removing almost all aspects of social interaction. However, the current trend of texting seems to become more emotionally expressive over time. With the creation of emoticons, then to emojis and then to who-knows-what, the way we text is steadily changing. With emoticons and emojis, our once bland and boring texts are now more emotionally expressive. It is funny how a balance of emotional expressiveness and introversion have been achieved. So, the question is, what’s next in communication?
Currently, social media is playing a huge role in human interaction. With the invention of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, the way we have conversations with people have completely changed. Like texting, social media provides the same value, like simplicity and without any real-time obligation to answer, we are able to communicate at our own pace and whenever we like to. I think that’s the future of communication and human conversation.