Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Texting and Relationships
In this article, "Can Love Blossom in a Text Message?", Amanda Pressner tells about the some of the negative aspects that texting can have on a relationship. She states that while most men use text messaging as a tool to manage their relationships, women view texts as just another way to "foster emotional interaction." She also states that both men and women are more likely to revise plans, break dates, and end relationships via text messages. Pressner says some of the biggest problems that arise from texting is miscommunication and a lack of courtesy. She says that men and women are likely to have many fights through texting due to a "misunderstanding in wording or tone." Also, because texting is such an easy thing to do, men are now lacking in courtesy by asking women out on dates through a message.
This article is one that I can definitely relate to. I chose it because I have found myself having "text fights" with significant others because of a misunderstanding in wording. I have gotten defensive and fought back, and then received a message asking why I was mad. Instead of only talking through text messages, people need to learn to put down their cell phones every once in awhile and communicate with people face to face. One of the biggest problems that couples face in counseling is a lack of communication or miscommunication. In order to create better communication, people need to call each other on the phone or speak in person.