The very early stages of communication involved using mores code; it was the first time man invented a means of communicating without speaking a word. It allowed people to communicate through a series of blinks and taps, each tap or blink involved the user flashing a light or communicating through a straight key. This new means of communication became the international standard in the early days of technology. Fast forward today, and we see that Morse code can still be used to communicate where typical communication infrastructure is unavailable. However, such technology has become redundant, as we now have fiber optics and copper cable laid out all across the world. Thus, we are able to communicate through free text messaging and video apps with great ease.
In our modern, technological time, people, especially the young, are reshaping the way they communicate electronically. Young adults are shifting away from voice conversation and finding text communication more convenient. Among the most popular social media messaging app are what’s app, KIK, Viber and snap chat. Today, texting is the most frequent way teens and young adults are communicating. After all, it’s quick, efficient and you can get straight to point with texting. According to a recent survey, teens prefer to send text messages to their friends using free messaging apps. However, phone calls and video calls are reserved for best friends, as phone calls tend to be more intimate than text messaging. Girls in comparison with boys tend were found to prefer phone call over text messaging.
However, unlike voice conversations, text messages remain in phone storage and conversation can easily be read by a third party if a phone ends up being lost or stolen. Many teens have learned that safeguarding their social media apps with some sort of social media vault app keeps their private conversations from leaking. Thus, teens using such apps don’t have to worry about losing their smart phones, as text message privacy is the last thing they have to worry about.
Teens in general believe that text messaging is a great way to remove the awkwardness associated with a phone conversation. If you don’t have anything to talk about over the phone with a friend or an associate, the whole conversation can become awkward. However, with text messaging you can take time to send messages and one does not have to respond if he or she doesn’t want to. When compared to traditional social media such as facebook, Google plus or perhaps even twitter, teens are becoming increasingly private with their information, many don’t feel comfortable having their profile seen or post seen by the general public. Facebook in general has a bad reputation for violating users’ privacy, and teens have come to realize this issue. Thus, apps like KIK, What’s app, Viber and other similar apps have become immensely popular amongst teen users, as conversations can stay within a specified group of individuals. What’s more, apps that keep conversations secured such as those that self-destruct images and videos are perhaps the most popular, one example being snap chat.
With the shift towards text messaging, our social communication dynamics have changed. This new communication tool is quite revolutionary in its own right. Who knows what how will communicate in the future, perhaps the notion of virtual presence doesn’t look too bad.