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McArthur Intro to Communication September 23rd, 2009 Journal #4
As I went about the process of communicating with these persons of which I do not usually speak to, I found it interesting to observe their reactions to my interest in interacting with them. With each different media (text, phone call, and letter), the reaction varied immensely. Not only was the reaction different for each message, but the way I presented each message also varied, as did the time it took to communicate each message. The first thing media I used was the text message. I texted an old friend of mine who I went to elementary and middle school. He attended a different high school, and our relationship became distant as we got older and went to different colleges. I texted him just saying ³Hey´ and asking how he was doing. This only took me a matter of seconds to text, a significantly shorter amount of time than the phone call and the letter. Attempting to show any kind of emotion in a text message is very hard. As I tried to act excited to talk to him, I found it hard to truly get across the emotions I wanted to. His emotion was also limited. His responses were all relatively friendly, but for all I know he could¶ve been completely annoyed by me texting him. Later, I thought it would be interesting to use the second form of media, and give a call to one of my ex-girlfriends. We broke up about a year ago and are still on relatively good terms but rarely speak to each other. The phone call went on for about seven minutes, this conversation took the longest to do out of the three medias. Emotion was much easier to get across in the phone call. I tried my best to act friendly and to show a genuine interest in how she was doing, how school was going, what she has been up to, etc. At first, she was equally as friendly in response, giving me questions in return regarding how I was doing. As the conversation carried on, it seemed like she
began to wonder why I had called. She asked me questions such as ³So what did you call to talk about?´. When it became evident that I had called for no particular reason, she quickly ended the conversation. Lastly, I thought hard about who I could write a letter to, and decided to write my high school English professor. He and I always had a very good relationship and got along very well; he was also my advisor. Whenever I go home, I make a point to stop in his classroom and say hello. He always tells me to feel free to send him an email or give him a call whenever I have a chance. Previously I have never gotten around to it, but I thought this would be a good time to do so. I sent him a short letter, only taking five minutes or so, asking him how he was doing. I asked how his students were doing this year, and told him how I was doing. I found it much easier to show emotion in a letter than in a text message. I believe this was because generally letters are much longer messages than texts, and texts can be relatively impersonal. He responded a few days later very enthusiastically and happy to hear from me. He told me he was doing very well, and asked numerous questions about what was going on in my life. He encouraged me to write him back, and to feel free to send him more letters whenever I got a chance. In all, this was a very interesting exercise. It was intriguing to see how each person reacted, and how the reactions varied depending on which media was being used. The reactions seemed to become more personal depending on how much time I took to make conversation. The reactions also seemed to vary depending on how much emotion I was able to show in my communication.