In May 2013, I organized a suicide note creative writing workshop.
You exchange confusing and angry text messages with someone you love and you screen-shot the conversation and send it to your best friend so that she can help you dissect it.
The epitome of “being social” in our society today consists of favoriting a tweet, liking a picture, or writing on someone’s wall. What once meant speaking with someone face-to-face or letting another person know how you felt, is now nothing but impersonal words and feelings expressed through the typing of words on a screen and a simple click.
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I can expect a “goodnight” text 90% of the time, and there is a 50/50 chance that I receive an “I am alive and safe” text after a night of him bar crawling with his buddies. He is king at skating by with the bare minimal text communication.
I like to be social. And I like to talk to people. But something about the question, “How are you?” is really hard for me. And I hear it all the time, every day.
Focus. Focus. Focus. Click. Click. New focus. Change. Text. Check messages.
This is me breaking the cycle and talking about it.
Until recently, I’ve always questioned the workings of choosing a partner. I
Just as there is a proper etiquette for having a face-to-face verbal discussion, like maintaining appropriate eye-contact and tone of voice, there are rules to follow when texting to communicate in the most effective way possible.