Technology and Texting - Some thoughts!




Bit of a thought/think video this one. Funny to reflect on how different it is generationally with the introduction of technology and instantaneous expectations of replies.

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What are the mental health implications? The questions we ask ourselves based on how other people engage with us whether it via texts or phone calls? How do we become at peace with it all?

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I've personally struggled internally when going through some low moments to engage consistently with people technologically. I might disappear for a few days or even a week, further beating myself up with guilt over what I "should" be doing which is/was replying and staying consistent. Are we all made for technology in this vein? I had to learn how to communicate in a way that meant I wasn't fully immersed in technology all the time, meeting the expectations of others, whilst also maintaining my own mental health issues surrounding guilt and what I felt I should be doing... and I'm not even all the way figured out on it all... it's still something I internalise quite frequently!

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Romantically speaking, when it comes to discerning somebody's interest in whether they're texting you back frequently enough, or at all, is a whole other bag too! That time where we're making up stories for someone's absence in replying could well be fully justified, and we've spent the afternoon or day in anxiety or worrying, shelving things we otherwise would've been doing in that time. Who is that serving? In counter to that, we do have to expect some level of communication or acknowledgement, and can't forgive or be complacent with our own needs - but it's an interesting one to unpack and find a balance with!

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What do you think?

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