For many of us, picking up the phones and initiating a real conversation sounds like a painstaking job. The Pew Research Center found in their studies 72% of teenagers prefer texting over calls and it is only climbing higher, with good reason too.
- In Person Communication: Speaking to people face to face is not the cup of tea for many. The quick, rapid thoughts dedicated to communicate short and to the point messages is not only efficient. It excuses you from the burden of making small talks where you would rather spend time doing anything else.
- Social Acceptability: Parents, friends or present company at a dinner table is much more likely to take offense when one chooses to handle a phone call. Whereas a text message does not necessitate the same urgency and is dealt with at the convenience of the receiver later on.
But it is a double edged sword because it also removes the factor of privacy as the texter would expect an immediate response, irrespective of where the receiver currently is – driving, sleeping or on their honeymoons.
- Social Media: Social media has conditioned us to interact with friends much more than we do in real life. Expressing our thoughts in 140 characters or through a meme is the equivalent of texting a one-liner. Instagram mehr Follower comes from how eloquently you express yourself through texts.
- Shallow communication: It is difficult to communicate a complex line of thought through texts. While we are more comfortable sending one-liners to each other, we keep indulging into shallow, surface level communication than when we could have had if it was through a phone call. But the detachment level that comes from texting is also something that many seek in a conversation.