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Effects of Texting on Relationships

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Cellphones: A device made to communicate with people efficiently.

Or is it a device that negatively impacts relationships between your family, friends or significant other?

Let's watch an example:

A form of communication through the use of a cellphone is TEXTING.

If any emergencies occur or if one is running late, a person is able to send a simple and quick message to inform each other with the use of a cellular device.

Texting eliminates face-to-face interactions.

Texting creates a

Barrier.

Sending text messages to others eliminates the shy barrier between the sender and receiver.

Crush

I like you.

Cellphones have the power to “allow the avoidance of some of the risks, dangers and embarrassing social consequences of certain kind of emotionally charged exchanges” (Höflich 145).

Let's look at the cons of texting:

This builds courage and assists individuals to be able to speak up to people that they normally wouldn’t be able to talk to in person.

More courage

Less courage

“Somewhere else there is someone who I care about more than you. I want to know what they have to say more than what you have to say to me now” (Glaser ).

This is the vibe given off to people who are around their friends or significant other that are constantly glued to their phones.

They forget the fact that someone is in the setting with them.

Connection between relationships and texting

“A British study of college students found that 7% of students had lost a relationship or job due to cell phone usage” (Glaser).

Amanda Klein, a graduate student at Towson University, has conducted an experiment in which she focuses on “social behavior, communication and romantic relationships.” This research experiment was performed by giving out ten in-depth interviews to four members of each gender and in the age group that ranged from 23-30. “While participants felt that texting plays a crucial role in dating, many agreed that it can be detrimental to a relationship as well. When asked if they had ever seen texting have damaging effects on a romantic relationship (or a friend's relationship), every participant answered yes.” Some of the female participants interpreted some of the texts of their romantic partner as a form of rejection when they feel that they lacked a response.

One of five texters tend to break up with their significant other by directly sending a text (DiDonato 13).

Uh ... I'm still here.

Emotions also play a role in a relationship when it comes to sending one another text messages.

How we can apply:

To convey practitioners about the effects of texting.

To inform others and attempt to make a change.

Sources:

http://mediashift.org/2007/10/how-cell-phones-are-killing-face-to-face-interactions295/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-klein/texting-romantic-relationships_b_1821646.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/meet-catch-and-keep/201403/is-constant-texting-good-or-bad-your-relationship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndQvo2X-do0

Kathy Chen