On Communication: It’s a Text World (DP)

Photo credit: Mary Beth Griffo Rigby

How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?

In terms of communicating with friends and family, I definitely prefer face to face. The body language and facial expression matters so much. When texting a friend, words can be so deceiving. Context is missing and there are none visual cues.

There is only so much one can write/type and read at one time. I feel I can never express myself fully to my friends if I’m texting. It is also a bad feeling when I don’t receive a response instantaneously.

Of course, there is also blogging/writing. It is my outlet to express myself. It is therapy. There were times I sat on the bus and my mind is somewhere far far away and I have the urge to write down my thoughts. Sometimes I’m sharing travel tips. But mostly, it is the stories and uncover what people normally wouldn’t know even if they travelled there before.

Over time, I have become more open to write about feelings and experiences that are personal (such as Too Big To Fail ?! (DP) – Fear to Fail Big & Resilience). For a long time, I was reluctant to post these “emo” blog posts and then share with the world while putting my name on it.

I believe life is a journey. I had so many stories in my journey thus far. Rather than bottled up inside, I want to express something, learn something, and be better at something.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World.”


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