It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World
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 think I talk the same in an email as I do in person. A couple of my friends could probably attest to this because I have very long emails (and their responses are usually of equal length). After Janet died I emailed a lot because I didn’t always want to talk to people in person and it was a form of communication where my friend couldn’t see my face. I’m an open book. I can’t hide my emotions well. I found it hard to express myself face to face but online I can erase something that doesn’t seem right. I have a few friends that can “read between the lines” in my emails…they know me that well. I have 2 overseas twinless friends and one public school friend who lives in Australia. The time difference is a bit of a pain sometimes but email is our only source of communication.
I only have one friend that I text often. I’m not a fan of texting as a form of communication. I use it when I am meeting someone if either one of us is running late. I only have a cellphone for emergencies and half the time I forget it on my dresser at home. I also have a very basic phone and not an Android or Iphone (although I am thinking of going with the crowd and getting one).
On facebook I usually use smiley faces or winks when I want to express emotions. I have used the thumbs up in the messanger section but I don’t think it really says anything.
After Janet died there were a couple of greeters at my church that gave the best form of communication–A HUG 😀