10 Signs Texting is Psychologically Hurting You.
One of our readers came to us
with a question about texting and the psychological impacts
it’s been having on the relationship.
For the couple texted all the time,
the relationship felt like much less than it was when they started.
They couldn’t figure out what was going on.
They were communicating just as much,
but it turns out they were also communicating with other people more, too.
Valuable couple-time had turned into
sitting beside each other texting other people-time.
How did that happen?
Texting is a double-edged sword.
While it helps you stay an instant touch with the people you love,
it also distracts from valuable face-to-face time with them.
Here are 10 pitfalls of texting
and the ways it can psychologically hurt you and your relationships.
1. Non-verbal? Nonsense!
Taking up body language cues,
facial expressions and breath can have negative impacts on conversation,
because the basis of texting is text,
it’s almost impossible to send subtle and nonverbal cues to your partner.
This can harm situations that might already be tricky, like arguments.
Our advice is to pick up the phone and talk to each other,
or better yet, meets for coffee
and talk about what’s going on.
2. Power dynamics struggles.
We’ve all been there,
someone we like has texted us
and we aren’t sure if we should reply right away,
wait a few hours or not reply at all.
There’s an unspoken power dynamic in texting,
and it can play mind games with your relationship.
instead of using replies to exert power.
Let yourself be honest with each other
and reply whenever you want.
3. ~IM~ing impatient messaging.
When you’re texting instead of talking,
a conversation can stretch out for hours, sometimes even days,
however, it’s also one form of communication,
which increases impatience.
For as long as you ‘re waiting for a relpy,
you’re thinking about the reply,
and usually wondering why they haven’t replied yet.
This causes overthinking and stress,
which leads to impatience and frustration.
4. Social etiquette goes out the window.
All of a sudden,
it becomes appropriate to send someone a message at 2 a.m,
interrupting their board meeting
or someone’s attention when they’re on a date.
Texting breaks down previously set social conventions,
you wouldn’t walk into someone’s board meeting
and start talking to them about going for dinner.
And it could be awfully insulting to people you’re with.
5. You’ll do everything at 80%.
And we’re not talking about battery power.
If you find yourself eager to text at work or during class,
you’re sending a message that
you’re not fully committed to the task at hand,
This can put a strain on your professional and scholastic relationships,
which are quick to write off “tell-me” textures
“不自律 不感兴趣 懒散”的评价
as disengaged, uninterested and lazy.
6. LOL vs. Laughing out loud.
While text messages have developed their own language over the years,
there’s something unsatisfying about reading LOL
when you should be hearing the roaring laughter of your partner.
While text messages are great for quick communication,
they lose the charm and individuality of the person you’re with.
If you and your partner spend too much time texting,
and not enough time together,
you might start to forget the little things about them that make them special.
7. Sore thumbs.
Maybe this doesn’t have a direct impact on our relationship,
but it does make you awfully and happy.
Too much texting can lead to sore thumbs joints and tired hands.
Take a break and stretch out your hands
if you want to keep contacting people.
8. And Sore Necks.
Another issue people found themselves afflicted with is a sore neck,
while this also doesn’t directly affect your relationship,
it can result in irritability,
and an irritable partner isn’t a fun partner.
Take a break from benting over texting,
and instead, swap net sausages with your significant other.
Now everyone will be in a good mood.
9. Sleep time or screen time.
Ideally, bedtime should be the one part of the day
when you’re not expected to look at your phone.
No one can expect you to answer them after 10 or 11 o’clock,
because most people are in bed by then.
Unfortunately, bedtime has started to
turn into screen time for a lot of people.
While we love when you scroll through Psych2Go,
it can keep you up for much longer than healthy.
A tired person doesn’t make for a productive person,
and can have a negative impact on your relationship.
Put the phone down at least 15 minutes before heading to bed,
and you’ll find you not only get to sleep faster
but you won’t wake up as tired.
This is both advice in a hazard,
If you don’t disconnect from technology sometimes,
you might start to disconnect from the people around you.
By becoming too focused and dependent on texting,
cell phones and media to keep us entertained,
we’re quickly losing the ability to be content without them.
Let yourself turn off the phone next time
you’re on a date with a significant other.
And you’ll find that the enjoyment goes up tenfold.
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