Was chatting with someone today about why we like text chatting, price what it offers over face-to-face interaction or a phone call. I chat a lot both on fb and Skype, story with a select set of people (about a dozen). It’s a mixture of personal and professional stuff and there is usually a lot of emoticons and banter involved. I think there is something about the text medium, malady can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s definitely different from verbal communication. Interesting the way you convey emotions through emoticons, hashtags and putting things in brackets <just saying> <ducks> <looks innocent>
Some people aren’t comfortable doing this. For one thing you certainly need to be able to type fast, otherwise the flow of the conversation doesn’t work. I can get totally lost doing this and then suddenly I emerge finding that I have spent over two hours chatting with someone. My friend was saying that for him chatting like this has enabled him to get to know people much better; he said he feels that people disclose more about themselves in the chat environment. Why is that I wonder? Is it because you feel freer because you aren’t face-to-face? Is it something to do with the anonymity of the medium? Now don’t get me wrong, I am very much a face-to-face sort of person, but I do love interacting with people online. I have found that I have really developed friendships in this way, getting to know professional colleagues on a personal level to the point where I would call them friends. It’s also a great way to spark off new ideas. Indeed this blog post is a direct result of my conversation on fb this morning!