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Text messaging, or texting, is the act of composing and sending electronic messages..


This makes texting a quick and easy way to communicate with friends and colleagues, including in contexts where a call would be impolite or inappropriate (e.g., calling very late at night or when one knows the other person is busy with family or work activities). Like e-mail and voice mail, and unlike calls (in which the caller hopes to speak directly with the recipient), texting does not require the caller and recipient to both be free at the same moment; this permits communication even between busy individuals.


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Gardner Campbell (@GardnerCampbell) tweeted at 5:48 AM – 26 Jul 2018 :
The surprisingly positive power of texting, according to science > Good to see Sherry Turkle taking a more nuanced approach than she has in the past. https://t.co/rYVKvrtH9K https://t.co/R8LXIAZIzx(http://twitter.com/GardnerCampbell/status/1022448660112723969?s=17)

“I have a reputation as sort of being the Darth Vader of anything that has to do with texting,” said MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle, author of “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.” “Which, of course, is not really what I have said or am saying — the problem really isn’t that people have this new, interesting, intimate way of touching base . . . the trouble is what happens to face-to-face conversation if your phone is always there.”

If done well, Turkle and other experts said, texting can improve interpersonal relationships, help people deal with traumatic events and bridge intergenerational gaps.

Turkle said texting is an especially good way for parents to connect with their adult children…“It gives you a sense of co-presence — the little dots give you the fantasy of, it’s happening as you’re there with it,” Turkle said. “I think now parents and children are able to stay in touch in a much better way because of texting and have a greater sense of continuity of presence.”



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@jedmiller@STurkle I share her horror at using bots to manage elderly, disabled or kids. Texting? I think that supplements face-to-face.


@zeynep@jedmiller I agree that texting supplements face-to-face. Long may it supplement!



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