Teenage Life Online: Effects of Texting on Interpersonal Relationship

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Teenage life online:
The effect of texting on interpersonal relationships

A Research Paper presented to
Prof. De Veyra, M.A.
English 201, 1:30-2:30

Apal, Eljou Khasandra
Caral, Maria Liza
Ibo, Princess
Micabalo, Leodil

September 24, 2012
Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION

Did u get the message? Where U now? Text messaging has become more than a trend; it has reformed the day-to-day communication that occurs between people. Where phone conversations used to take place, now the exchange of digital messages has taken over, and in some cases replaced the verbal communication that used to be top to human interaction. Change in communication has direct implications on relationships which rely on text messaging being that text messages lack verbal cues and context. Text messaging has had a negative effect on interpersonal communication. People use interpersonal communication all the time, whether consciously or unconsciously. In today’s day and age, the forms of communication have evolved rapidly to include email, chats, Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, and text messaging. Text messaging has become the major form of long variety communication. People use text messaging to arrange meetings, express their feelings, avoid oral communication, and connect with friends. Text messaging is a fast, convenient, and an easy way to multitask. But is text messaging causing a negative impact on our face to face conversations? According to Adams, et al. (2008) “Text messaging is quickly replacing face-to-face communication.”  Text messaging is used extremely often, especially among college students, because of the effortlessness of its use. (Adams, J. et al. 2008). College students’ have developed a habit of texting in class, in the movie theatre, at the office, in the mall and even text while driving. Text messaging has had a devastating impact on the nonverbal skill. There’s no body movement, facial expressions or vocal characteristics of any kind with which to...
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