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Writing Project 2

           A mere 30 years ago, communication was much different. However, in 1992, Neil Paperworth invented a new mode of media communication: text. Texting is a universally available, affordable communication that has altered the world in many ways. It allows faster communication, easier communication, more opportunity to talk with others, and more options to express feelings, but on the contrary, text can remove emotion from the message.

           One imperative feature of texting is its ability to ensure faster communication. Communication as a whole is built off of speed. A few centuries ago, we had carrier pigeons and the Pony Express. These sluggish modes of communication would not support today’s society. Consider the possibility of long-distance relationships during the time of pigeon carriers; the logistics would be almost impossible. Texting is instant.

In addition, texting makes our lives flow smoother. Communication through texting also makes forming friendships easier. Besides making online friends, textings’ effects can be applied to daily dilemmas. Imagine you forget a shopping list. Conveniently, a personal contact could text you this list again. Texting also shortens the length of a conversation. To get a simple point across, it is usually more effective and easier to text than a possibly lengthy phone call which could be deemed useless. A simple text saying, “Pick me up, Mom” is almost effortless, but remarkably efficient. Texting can be done almost anywhere, at any time, with anybody.

Texting allows people to conversate with a broad range of people, including strangers. “The average person has, in fact, double the number of online friends than physical ones, according to research commissioned by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which said users of such sites have 121 online friends compared with 55 physical friends”, according to the Guardian. Many platforms, such as Reddit, permit you to respond to multiple people, and even privately text strangers that have shared interests. Friendships formed by online texting can kindle conversations with new people. Only 65% of people have access to computers (according to Ying Lin from Oberlo) as some areas do not have accessible technology (such as cell towers), and the devices and services are unaffordable. Texting changes communication by offering a new way to communicate and spread thoughts. It also bears the benefit of emotional expressiveness. People who text can convey emotions in a way that non-texters can not: through an emoticon.








In this example, a person presents their emotions. This is evident in many types of texting. Another visible advantage to this text is the portrayal of emotions, which is performed through the smiling emoticon. While emoticons express a stronger convection of emotions, they may be misunderstood.

           One disadvantage that texting has is the misinterpretation of ideas. This occurs when a person writes a statement in which its tone or word choice is misinterpreted by the reader. “Oh great”, can be sent by the writer to mean “good job”, whereas the reader may interpret this as a sarcastic remark, meaning the opposite of the intention. Another error is the dehumanization of words and phrases. One common text phrase is "kys", which is typed not in emotional strife, but colloquial conversation. "Kys" stands for kill yourself, which, of course, the author never wished on the other person, who may even be a person the author cares for. 

           Texting permits swift communication, effective communication, more opportunity to converse, and more choices to express emotion, but adversely, text can cause the misunderstanding of information. Texting shapes its users as it identifies with people who have access to and can afford the device and service. It also is inclusive of those with disabilities. For example, a “deaf person” can converse the same way that “hearing” people would in text. Texting may exclude people without accessibility or people living in impoverished areas. 

This invention, while having positive and negative benefits, has definitely left its mark on communication.

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