Writing Prompt: 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 love texting, it’s easy and convenient. but unlike some people I learned the hard way that it’s it’s a difficult concept or it takes more than 3 passes to convey a message then you need to pick up the phone and call. In the past I admit I have been one of those people who will write a freakin’ essay to a person, but as I get older and my tolerance goes down I don’t want to read it (more than likely the text is going to be broken up in pieces, and it may not come in the correct order) and I love my thumbs to much to write all that crap.
I think as a rule of thumb when you need to convey emotion it’s better to call the person, the written word is subjective, and if if the words are clear and understandable sometimes it’s difficult to figure out the tone of the message.. the same goes with online communication.
Honestly I think people text too much..
Here are some interesting facts about people and their texting habits
- The average person responds to a text message in 90 seconds, compared to 90 minutes for an email.
- Over 97% of text messages are opened, while only 22% of emails are opened.
- 90% of all text messages are read within 3 minutes of their delivery
- There are over 5 billion mobile phones worldwide.
- Over 86% of Americans own a mobile phone.
- 91% of all US mobile users keep their phones within arms reach at all times.
- Over 68 million people are frequent text users.
- Only 43% of smartphone users use their phone to make voice calls but over 70% of smartphone users text.
Until Next Time