In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World.”
How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?
I think its becoming clear that the preferred method of communication for many people is online. Whether its through twitter, emails, Facebook, or other social media outlets, people find communicating through these gateways easier, especially for those who find social situations intimidating.
The problem with communicating online is that it makes so many things impersonal, and it clouds who we are and the kind of relationship we may have with people. I have known people who started up a relationship online, and when they finally have nothing to say to each other, and find it harder to connect in person.
Online, we can be who ever we want to be, and say whatever we want to say, because its easier, and the anonymity sometimes makes us safe. However, in our regular, face to face interactions, we offer nothing. So who are you really?
Personally, I know I am a little bit more honest about my feelings online. Not just online, but in text messages. I think before I hit send because emotion is so hard to communicate through text. There are very few people who would caught on to how I’m feeling without having spelling it all out. And if your having a conversation with someone, you want them to know how you feel.
Emotion is hard to communicate in a purely written forum. But maybe its good that we have to spell it out?