One of the most interesting questions I asked was one which would force the hands of communicating with Generation Y. When I asked the question, I assumed the answer would be obvious–meeting in person clearly seemed like the best way to communicate with someone you just met. What I underestimated though, was the power of texting. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, young adults between 18 – 24 send approximately 109.5 text messages PER DAY.
Generation Y likes the opportunity to think about their answers. “When emerging adults were asked why they prefer mobile phone conversations and texting over other forms of communication, they explained non-face-to-face communication gave them the option to talk to multiple people at once, to leave large gaps in the conversation, to conceal the truth, and the ability to immediately clarify understandings (Madell & Muncer, 2007)….they felt it gave the more time to ponder and articulate what they were trying to express.”
While the previous study may have concluded deception, it isn’t that easy. In another study, there is a sect of people who use texting to express positive emotions and people who use texting to discuss serious issues. ”The most common reason was to express affection (75%) followed by discussing serious issues (25%) and apologizing (12%),” (Coyne, et al 2011). Essentially, in the beginning phases of a relationship texting is positive. Texting is a way of foreplay, a way to flirt with others while still going about daily activities. The final conclusion revealed text messaging had the strongest influence on communication and relationship satisfaction (Coyne, et all 2011).
In a world that moves faster than ever, technology is a part of it. It’s difficult to think of relationships the way we thought of them even 10 years ago. Mobile communication has been revolutionized by smart phones and because of that, relationships have changed. While communicating in the beginning of relationships may be more text based, it is that way because of the plethora of knowledge we have to find out about others. It is also that way because of the busy lives Generation Y leads, constantly doing everything at once–volunteering, starting a company, and maybe bartending on the weekends (Heller).
Coyne, Sarah M., Laura Stockdale, Dean Busby, Bethany Iverson, and David M. Grant. ““I Luv U !”: A Descriptive Study of the Media Use of Individuals in Romantic Relationships.” Family Relations 60.2 (2011): 150-62. Print.
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