Text-Messaging and Its Influence on Interpersonal Relationships
Bridgewater State College
How has text messaging changed the way in which relationships areformed and maintained?
This paper examines the impact and effects that text messaging has on thecreation and maintaining of relationships compared to traditional face-to-facecommunication used to form relationships. Text messaging is a growing technology thatallows people to communicate across distances and remain in contact with others to keeprelationships intact. Relationships are evolving through the use of technology in today’s postmodern world and texting is contributing to this expansion in interpersonalrelationships. The present paper explores the usage of computer-mediatedcommunication (CMC) through text messaging in relationship formation anddevelopment. The claim of this research is that text messaging can enhance one’srelationship by allowing more than one form of communication method to be used.Younger people use text messaging more often than the older generation to sustainrelationships and communicate. The interpersonal relationship can be satisfying to bothindividuals participating in multiple forms of communication, including text messaging,which is the paper’s focus. Trust and communication are good predictors of relationshipsatisfaction. Self-presentation can be less realistic. Asynchronous CMC allows “the participants time to plan and edit comments more mindfully. (McQuillen 620). In order to determine the outcome to the proposed claims, questionnaire methodology andanalysis was integrated with textual analysis. The results lean towards a self-presentationthat is less than accurate; there will be little difference in the maintaining of therelationship, whether it is by FtF communication or text messaging (CMC); presence isnot a factor in the relationship; trust allows the relationship to progress; communicationwithin the relationship can be positive. These possible findings suggest that textmessaging can be used to satisfy relationship needs for both parties; text messaging canimpact relationship communication to bring about closeness.
text messaging, mobile phone, interpersonal, relationships, communication