We live in a world made of fast messages.
It used to be telegrams, which you waited for impatiently wherever you were and they weren’t frequent or reliable. Today we have phones and text messages.
Texting: The Good and The Bad
I’m a big texter. I won’t lie, I hate calling people, talking on the phone feels like torture to me! I’d prefer to meet the person even just for ten minutes in person than talk on the phone.
That’s why texting is so much more convenient and easy. I rely on this form of communication so much, and I realize that texting is impersonal and sometimes a tone or whole sentence can be misinterpreted.
This “miscommunication” happened to me a few weeks ago and the situation completely unraveled in the worst way possible. Instead of trying to clarify the situation I preferred to wait for the other person to step up. In my mind I was sure this person wouldn’t make the first move cause they didn’t seem like they cared that much from their texts. But then they did try to talk to me and I was surprised. I was surprised by how much a text can drive you away from what the person is trying to say and make you think the complete opposite.
I think the problem isn’t in the writing, because for the majority of time, people used to write pages after pages and send them by mail. The problem is that we’ve become used to writing in short sentences, so much so that sometimes getting a long text is viewed as a surprise.
I ended up clarifying the situation with my friend, but in my mind I keep wondering.. Are things going to be the same? or has this miscommunication somehow changed things? I guess that a face to face encounter will be the only way to find out.