Please Text Me, Dear


I was amused to discover that a lot of people text each other while they’re in different rooms of the same house and I got to thinking about the pros and cons of the whole thing.  If you’re involved in a controversial or heated discussion with your partner, texting gives an opportunity to read and possibly amend your words, before hitting ‘send’.  On the other hand, there’s no opportunity to read another person’s expression, to look into their eyes or note body language.  Although it might seem easier to express uncomfortable or emotionally charged feelings in a text — positive ones as well as those that aren’t — face to face remains my preferred mode of personal interaction.  Nevertheless, I’m going to experiment with an e-communication, and see how it goes down.  I’m going to text my husband and see if he’ll agree to walk down the hall and bring me one of the See’s caramels I have stashed in the kitchen. I suspect he’ll probably agree — whether the chocolate actually makes it to me without a few bites missing, will be another matter.

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1 Response

  1. Karl Schmidt says:

    Mary, we are in “violent agreement” about this subject. 🙂
    We (as in the human race) seem to be slowly losing the ability to communicate in a face-to-face way.
    Us folks that “are of a certain age” remember times when, if you wanted to talk to a friend, you walked to their house and had an actual conversation, with spoken words, facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, all of that. Or maybe if you were really lazy, you could call them on the telephone and actually SPEAK to them. I miss those times.. (sorry for the rant)

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