Do you talk on the phone with your friends and family? I don’t. Nowadays, much of my personal communication is through text messaging.
Why don’t I like calling? It’s neither here nor there – immediate, yet distant. I prefer that communication either be in writing or in person. So, I’d rather have little idea of the context in which someone in saying something – thus the popularity of smiley face emoticons like :) – or be able to pick up on someone’s body language. I’ve often heard two-thirds of communication is non-verbal, and so you obviously can’t read physical cues unless you can see the other person.
I was curious how many minutes I talk on my cell phone, so I looked at my account online. From early July through early August – my billing cycle – I spoke a total of 201 minutes and I sent 138 text messages. The previous month (June to July), I spoke 286 minutes and sent 163 messages. What does this suggest? Well, I can tell you one thing: all of those messages would have been minutes in years past. no wha im sayin?
I'm Eli Natinsky and I'm a communication specialist. This blog explores my work and professional interests. I also delve into other topics, including media, marketing, pop culture, and technology.