Since it’s a Snow Day (well, ice day) for us the baby is sleeping and Little Man is watching a movie, I thought I’d do a writing prompt from The Daily Post. Because, ya know, I don’t have any clothes to fold or floors to clean.
How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?
I liked this prompt, since I would only communicate online for the most part, if I could.
Two things about me: my hearing sucks and I’m socially awkward. This makes for a lot of uncomfortable situations when I’m out and about and have to interact with someone.
This may come as a surprise, but people are often not very accommodating of someone who is hard of hearing. If you explain that you can’t hear well and need them to speak up/slow down, they usually just get annoyed and either tell you “never mind” or repeat what they said in exactly the same voice level/speed.
Add that to the fact that I often get nervous around other people, which leads to me fumbling over my words or making jokes that typically only people accustomed to my weird sense of humor appreciate, and it’s no stretch to say that I communicate very differently online vs. in person.
I love being able to text/email someone. I love that I don’t have to worry about mishearing them, and I can take my time and make sure I am saying exactly what I want to say. I don’t have to worry about anyone thinking I’m stupid because I misunderstood them or because I stuttered a bit, or took too long to think about my response. It’s also much easier to keep those emotional responses in check.
If I had entered the dating world ten years later, I’d be singing this tune:
Hey I just met you
And this is crazy
But here’s my number
So text me maybe
(Yes, I love the Jimmy Fallon/Roots remakes.)