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The defining feature of conversation is the expectation of a response. It would just be a monologue without one. In person, or on the phone, those responses come astoundingly quickly: After one person has spoken, the other replies in an average of just milliseconds.
As much as these communication tools are deed to be instant, they are also easily ignored. And ignore them we do. But the paradox of this age of communication is that this anxiety is the price of convenience. People are happy to make the trade to gain the ability to respond whenever they feel like it. It allows for a fast back-and-forth dialogue, but without any of the additional context of body language, facial expression, and intonation.
They go on only one date in the story; they get to know each other primarily over text. This puts an unusually large burden on the words themselves and maybe some emojis to convey what is meant. And each message, and each pause in between messages, takes on outsize importance. Human beings are always in the business of making meaning and interpreting meaning. Because there are options to choose from when sending a message, like which platform to use and how to use it, we see meaning in the choice that was made. But because the technologies, and the conventions for using them, are so new and are changing so fast, even close friends and relatives have differing ideas about how they should be used.
And because metamessages are implied rather than stated, they can be misinterpreted or missed entirely. Turkle says sometimes taking a long time to write back is a way of establishing dominance in a relationship, by making yourself look simply too busy and important to reply. But oftentimes, people are just trying to manage the quantity of messages and notifications they receive.
In , the average American was receiving 88 business s a day, according to the market research firm Radicati , but only sending 34 business s a day. Because—who has the time to respond to 88 s a day? I find myself ignoring or procrastinating even important messages, and ones I want and intend to respond to.
Your brain is not a perfect instrument for processing texts. But it will be interpreted as though it really was a conversation, and so you can hurt people. Still, even though instant written communication can be overwhelming and anxiety-inducing, people prefer it. Americans spend more time texting than talking on the phone, and texting is the most frequent form of communication for Americans younger than While texting is popular worldwide , Baron, of American University, thinks that a strong preference for communication that can be easily ignored is a particularly American attitude.
I think we have become a version of power freaks, not just control freaks. In a survey Baron conducted in and of students in several countries including the United States, the things that people said they liked most about their phones were often related to control. More than anything, what the age of instant communication has enabled is the ability to deal with conversation on our own terms. We can respond right away, we can put it off for two days, or never get around to it at all. We can manage several different conversations at once.
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