Personal correspondence grows less interesting as the speed of its delivery quickens
Now that we are able to communicate with each other with the click of a button we are more likely to share every part of our lives as they happen. Since we are constantly updated on our friends lives, our conversations are less valuable because they can (and sometimes do) happen all the time. When we apart from someone or unable to communicate with them easily we value the times that we do and do not fill our conversations with mundane thoughts and ideas but rather with big events and news that hold some sort of importance.
Nicholas Carr is not the only one noticing this phenomenon.
The above tweets show that even in 2011 and 2014 conversations over text were not important. They are simply the same conversations over and over again. At least in the above tweets, people are frustrated by this. It becomes annoying to have these conversations and it feels like a waste of time. So why do we keep having them?
With the proliferation of email and texting, the handwritten note is in danger of going the way of the fax machine.…www.forbes.com
In the above Forbes article, Jessica Kleiman talks about how letters are so much more meaningful than a text. When you take the time to write someone a letter the effort is clear and therefore the conversation is more meaningful. Letters hold a sentimental value that can never be replaced by texts. Although texts are technically never fully deleted they can get easily lost in the thousand of meaningless messages that come after them. A physical letter is often kept in a more secure and safe place and not as easily lost.
Why do we continue having these meaningless conversations over text? Are they really bringing us closer to each other?