Technology makes nearly every aspect of our lives easier. It does everything from entertaining us to making our work life easier, but more than anything, it has changed the way that we communicate with each other. Thanks to things like email, instant messengers, and text messages, verbal communication basically never has to happen.
Nowadays, texting seems to be the preferred form of communication, especially when it comes to communicating with our significant others. Many people use messages to consistently communicate with their partner at any moment, but is so much texting really good for a relationship?
There are some obvious advantages to sending a text message. They offer a discreet way to communicate with your partner without causing too much of a disturbance, and your partner can respond at their convenience. One downside is that it's not always easy to understand the tone of some texts, which can occasionally lead to miscommunications.
At some point, one has to ask, is all this constant texting healthy for a relationship? Outside of America in countries like India, Thailand, Mexico, and Brazil, people only spend an average of 6 minutes a day texting. This is mostly because they spend more time utilizing other forms of communication.
In an intriguing study, the Pew Research Center and the International Smartphone Mobility Report discovered that in America, texting is the most used form of communication for adults under fifty. A third of all adults prefer text messages over phone calls.
Research shows that mobile phones can be used to facilitate friendships and enhance family bonds when supplemented by face-to-face communication. The problem is that text messages create an illusion of intimacy. Though you're communicating, you're missing out on the emotional connection and social cues that aid in the development of intimate communication. In other words, you and your partner shouldn't rely heavily on text messaging. Instead, try mixing it in as an alternative to face-to-face conversations, video chatting, and the good old fashioned voice-call.