It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World!

06 May
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Today, trying to answer the intriguing question proposed by the Daily Prompt:

How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?


Humm… how differently do I communicate online when compared to communicating in person?

I guess I’m part of a minority group when it comes to texting [or messaging, whichever new word has come up to describe the attempt to quickly deliver your thoughts within the cyber-world!]. I’m sure many over here have heard [or read] about the ‘new language’, a new way of expression, the so-called ‘Weblish’, defined as the shorthand form of English that is used in text messaging, chat rooms, twitter posts and other forms of microblogging. So, how much do I [personally] rely on this particular language form, which has gained the unconditional support as the ‘urban grammar’ used as a slang for online conversations? Not much, I’d say. [Is it a bad thing??]

I love interacting with people, you know, the real kind of interaction, the one you need to vocalize the words in order to establish a conversation? Yeap, that kind. I’m a blogger, and being so, I’m completely open to using any and all social media tools that become available.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not against networking, the social media tools [when well used!], and I tend to blog the way I write. I write the way I believe it’s possible to give my thoughts a voice. I’m a chatty cat, if allowed! ♥

Back to the social networking ‘channels’, I not only admin and maintain a photo/travel journal blog, but also, a Twitter account and a Facebook fan page. Shocked?? By now, many are probably wondering: is this hypocritical woman gonna make any point with all this ‘nice talk’?

Again, I’ve got no intention to put down all the research years that have brought the internet [and all its related content, mechanisms and pathways] to where we are, right now. And I’m grateful to all the advances in technology that make possible for me to skype with family around the world, send and share images/videos of my growing children, offer and receive support from other expats through blogging/microblogging.

But, I have to say, I’m a bit nostalgic. I remember the days I’d correspond with people using letter mail. I remember the great feeling of receiving a birthday card from a family member, getting an expected phone call from a good friend [remember when we didn’t have caller ID?], or a paper note from that special boy at school, with handmade drawings… 😮

These events have a dear place in my memory, and it saddens me to think they may be gone by the time my children would be ready for those experiences. I feel that now, things are moving a bit too fast, and unfortunately, we, as a society, tend not to allow ourselves to spend a little more time interacting with each other…

I’m a believer. I believe in TEXT. The real kind, the one where words [not signs, not smiley faces, not words without letters] are used to express our true thoughts, feelings and emotions I’m believer, what can I say? And since I’m a bit older than many here [pushing 42, right now…:o], I’ve survived without the internet, but now, it’s a critical part of my life; I feel like I can have my saying…. I’m old-school, and if I need to text, I’ll do so, with no regrets. But if the message gets a bit longer than I have the patience to type, I just write: “Need to touch base. Will write you an e-mail”… and all my problems are, magically, solved! 😮

texting... Humm???

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What about you, are you like me, or completely different? In any event, thank you all for sharing! TEXT-TEXT TEXT/ [pingbacked to other bloggers, sharing their takes on the theme!]


Posted by on May 6, 2013 in LANGUAGE, post a day


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8 responses to “It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World!

  1. yarnspinnerr

    May 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I do not like the sms lingo 😦


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

      You see? I’m not alone here… 😮 Although it’s the closest way to ‘express emotions’, it doesn’t really do it for a lot of us, right? Just doesn’t feel right, not like you’re [hand]writing, typing or talking. I guess a lot of things get ‘lost in translation’ when you’re texting! [insert smiley face here!]


  2. Lucid Gypsy

    May 6, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I’m a Gemini and even if that is a load of baloney, I fit the description because I just have to communicate and to do so I will use any tool I can. Happy Sunday Raquel, I hope the sun shines on you and yours – that’s instead of a smiley!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Geminis, geminis!!! We should just take over the world with our [endless!] talk! We do need to write, talk, converse – it’s a critical part of our nature. And imagine, I married another Gemini, so, the odds of one of us finding the ‘right person’ to chat [at home], are pretty low – we keep on changing! 😮



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