Interpersonal Communication

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Talking, listening, exchanging information and sharing ideas are all things we do in our everyday normal communication with our family, friends, and neighbors, even co-workers. Joseph De Vito as describes interpersonal communication, “Communication between two persons or among a small group of persons, as distinguished from public or mass communication; communication of a personal nature, as distinguished from impersonal communication; communication between or among connected persons or those involved in a close relationship.” (De Vito, 2007, p. )

Within the nature of communicating come various mediums including face- to- face communication, paper correspondence & computer-mediated communication (CMC). CMC has various methods of information exchange. These methods include e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging. Text messaging or “texting” has affected the way we communicate in daily routine in a massive way.

Text messages are short written messages electronically sent and received by electronic handheld devices such as personal digital assistants with wireless communication, pagers, cell phones and even email. This form of communicating is exploding among all ages but is most used by “those in the 13-17 age group which are sending or receiving an average of 1,742 text messages a month” (www.mobilemessaging2.com/2008/10/29/notable-quotable-text messaging-statistic). Yet, this form of instant communication is not only being utilized by the young, but in the age groups of 18-24 and 25-34 the use is skyrocketing. It’s estimated that 7.3 billion text messages are sent via cell phones within the U.S. every month.

The messages can range from “ what’s for dinner?” “Where are you?” “I’ll be right there” to “I quit”, “Don’t call or text me again”, “Its over” and even the extreme “there’s been an accident”. It’s a discreet and simple way to stay connected to your romantic partner, they provide on the spot...
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