Me, Myself, & I

Daily Prompt: 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?

Whether you prefer to text or to talk, you’re still communicating. The trouble with online communication is that it creates this false reality of me, myself & I. You know others are out there, but you’re in a bubble. And in the bubble you’re supreme and things appear to be self-evident. The trouble comes when communication involves emotions. Emotions can get you in trouble in any form of communication. We all know this, but somehow when we’re engrossed at the keyboard in the bubble of me, myself & I it’s too easy to forget not to text or email when you’re vexed!

Because when you come to in the light of day, you’ll be dismayed to remember how badly you blew your fuse and spewed text as if you were under the influence of booze. And the mental replay will make you feel silly and noxious and demented all at once to see the text you spewed forever cemented in perpetuity.

Keep it simple so your text doesn’t come back later to embarrass you like little pimples. Keep it plain, stick to how do you do and what’s up with you so there’s no need to explain. There are more times than not when the world should not be a stage. It’s better to talk, especially when emotions are involved. There’s something about hearing and getting a reaction in real time that moderates our response in a way that is absent when the only thing on board are fingertips at the keyboard.

Texting, emailing, twittering, face booking, instagramming, etc are all stand-ins for talking. You, me and we will all do ourselves a favor if we stick to this simple rule whatever our preferred mode of communication: remember in all interactions, no matter how mundane, to be first and foremost humane.

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