Pop-Culture | Posted by Susannah F on 09/30/2011

The Art of the Text

what have you been texting lately?

what have you been texting lately?

In our world of technology and instant communication, sentiments often get lost in cyberspace. In fact, there’s a whole website devoted to some of the crazy mishaps that can occur during texting. But when texting is successful, I can confidently say that one of its most common (and more recent) uses is as a means of hooking up and conducting relationships.

Some of my friends use text messaging in order to conduct their booty calls in college. If you meet someone at a party and exchange numbers, a text conversation is sure to ensue in the hopes of ultimately having a sexual encounter. One of my friends told me that if she is planning on meeting up with someone that she has been casually texting, she will continue to text until she enters the dorm room or meeting location and they physically connect. This notion of texting as foreplay is one that is worth our time and consideration—perfect for the busy college student.

In the world of the text message, there are a series of unspoken rules that we follow. These obviously differ a bit by location and within social circles, but basic guidelines remain constant. Proper texting protocol can be quite confusing as far as who initiates the conversation, use of emoticons, how long to wait in between texts and the overall tone of the message. In the case of texting as it relates to hooking up, however, all of this texting is ultimately foreplay — simply a song and dance leading to sex.

Although texting is often considered the best way to set up a hook-up, it presents some difficulties. In texts you can be all of the things you want to be in public when attempting to get your game on: a blend of humor which is direct yet still erotic. Texting results in just the right level of invasiveness that allows you to come off as simultaneously interested yet detached. Painfully shy people, who may not have been able to express private sentiments about a person they like, now have a means of expressing their inner kinky selves.

However, there are pitfalls. The limited space of a text can just as easily be sexy and flirty as it can be confusing and hurtful. There are no voice intonations or sarcasm options in texts and sometimes, a winky face simply won’t suffice. Being rejected or rejecting someone via text is much easier to do than via a real conversation. Sexting and other forms of texting can also be the source of lots of drama in relationships. Where then is the line drawn between socially texting a potential partner and engaging in destructive behavior?

Texting isn’t just for hook ups, though, even in a romantic context. Couples also use texts as a way to keep the spark alive during the day and to let their partner know that they are thinking about them. During class and across campus, I constantly see people holding their phones with smirks or wide grins across their faces – it’s easy to guess what kind of text they might be reading.

There are obviously a lot of pro’s and con’s to texting as it relates to the way our generation conducts our romantic relationships. What do you think? How has texting played a role in your hook-ups/relationships/romantic encounters of all sorts?

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  • Ashley @ at 11:39 am, September 30th, 2011

    I text when I need to say something of importance. You’ll never see me texting “Hey whats up?” or sexting, and if the text convo lasts more then 10 sent and received messages in one constant session, I just call them for a much shorter convo. There’s nothing I can’t stand more than to see teenagers unable to put down their phone because their thumbs are wired to the keyboard, and I’ll forever refuse to be one of those people.

  • Vanessa M @ at 9:58 am, October 4th, 2011

    Me? Oh, I’m single. Always have been. I’m only 14, by the way, and I’m not really looking for romance because I’ve decided to focus on my studies (and fighting sexism, among other things). Yep, people tease me sometimes (some even call me “manly”, but I corrected them, of course) because of that, and that’s fine with me :)

  • Jenna @ at 10:41 am, October 10th, 2011

    Texting I think is incredibly dangerous. So many people are so dependent on text messaging to say what they want to say and be extremely blunt about it. For example, that girl in high school that sent a naked picture to a boy that she thought he liked her, then goes to school the next day and EVERYONE has the picture on their phone. Or sext messages that get sent around. Or even girl bullies or guys sending hurtful things over text message but can’t say anything in person. I think the text messaging world is a dangerous world and leaves space open for way too many interpretations.

  • Victoria L @ at 7:35 pm, March 6th, 2012

    3 girls at my school sent nude photos of themselves to the same creepy year 9 guy. The girls were 13 at the time. As a result our class got the ‘sexting’ talk a year early, it made me feel so sorry for those girls who had been manipulated into sending those photos.

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