Is texting culture giving us anxiety?

It might be...

Hi there,

I hate to admit it. I’m that person that takes days, and sometimes weeks, to respond back to texts. Sometimes, I don’t respond at all. If you despise the slow texters in your life, please know that such habit causes us much anxiety and grief, and take pity on us. If you are a slow texter, well…

Below are five ideas I thought were worth sharing this week:

  1. Despite being a useful mode of communication, the expectation to be reachable and responsive 24/7 can be very stressful and overwhelming for many. (Meeeeeee!) Without any set protocol or guide available for what is considered acceptable texting etiquette, is texting culture giving us anxiety?

  2. Currently re-reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The main point in the book can be summarized by less but better. Although McKeown’s main focus is our professional lives, the less but better mantra can be applied to our digitally-caffeinated world. Here’s a question: If you can choose only one digital communication method, without any consequences, what would it be? My answer is email.

  3. I couldn’t find any good video on text anxiety. So, I’m sharing with you a favourite 10-minute exposé commentary video: a youtuber with 943,000 subscribers (whom you might have seen around the web) is running a cult. The power of the Internet, amiright?

  4. A quote I want to share with you this week: “The facts are always friendly” by Carl Rogers. We may, at times, get lost in shocking headlines, ideologies, fantasies, hopes, dreams, ideals, etc. But, the facts are friendly. Pay more attention to reality.

  5. Texting culture is giving all of us anxiety because “your boss can reach you after work hours, your mom can reach you when you’re about to climb onto a random person’s motorcycle in a different country. You can have long, confusing conversations with your partner while at the office.” No wonder, then, one-fifth of Americans in an American Psychological Association study associated their mobile devices with stress. Establishing a schedule for texting can be a good start.

That’s all for this week!

Thank you for reading, and please tell a few friends if you’d like.

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Until next time… :-)

Mehret


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