Do text messages bother you? Here's what it means!
We live in a digital world, surrounded by technological devices, social media platforms and some applications that claim to make our lives easier. Not only have such advances helped us stay connected to our loved ones, but they have also made our communication more efficient and effective.
However, everything comes at a price. Even something as common as 'sms' can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety in people. In the past, studies have highlighted how messages can be a daily source of anxiety for many people.
In a study conducted by Viber, it was found that 1 in 5 people struggle to keep up with replying to messages and almost 1 in 6 ignore all messages because they feel overwhelmed. The study highlights the evolution of text messaging, how it's not just a simple 'yes' or 'no', but a whole new world of colorful emojis testing people's ability to interpret at a high level. great.
The anxiety of the text is real
By far, text messages are one of the most common means of communication.
We are all part of multiple chat apps, we are members of several chat groups and there is probably no escape from them if you are an active member of the digital world. While initially, it may have been fun, exciting, it may have given you a sense of belonging and togetherness, however, the constant announcements of messages, the endless numbers of text exchanges have become exhausting.
The constant need to respond, feeling compelled to entertain texts for family, friends and workgroups may have had a serious impact on people's mental health.
According to a Guardian report, millennials, those born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s, "are feeling extremely overwhelmed" are being called the "burning generation". Growing up in a tech world, they could not help but feel overwhelmed by the information and everything social media has to offer.
What are the implications?
Sending messages may have helped us stay connected to our friends and family, but one has to wonder if it's worth it.
The need to always be available, the obligation to be responsible and the fear of being called is what leads to the anxiety of the text. This in turn makes people avoid conversations, enjoy delayed responses, but again the fear of being called is also what leads to anxiety.
Why bother sending messages in the first place?
Since the advent of digital devices that facilitated text messaging, there has been a certain level of anxiety that has occurred in humans. Whether it involves responding to a message from your boss, or waiting for a boyfriend, anxiety only goes up.
Neither pandemic seems to have helped. Digital platforms were the only tool for us to communicate with the outside world, and text messaging became the real deal. Social overload has affected many people who were either young in such overwhelming emotions or those who were already suffering from anxiety.
As text messages require a certain urgency, an prompt response, which makes people even more anxious.
Should you feel 'compelled' to respond?
When it comes to work, family or even friends, you most often feel the need to 'respond'. Even though you are not in the right mental state, are busy or have previous commitments, you just sometimes can not ignore a message from someone you know.
But is there any reason why you should feel compelled to respond, or should you feel the need to have an excuse not to send messages right away. Well, the answer lies within you. Prioritizing your mental well-being is most important. Feelings of regret, guilt only disturb the peace of mind, resulting in anxiety and a lot of stress.
Experts believe that turning off notifications, removing voice from groups can actually help you keep calm. A break from your phone, respecting a natural environment, without digital impacts can also help.
But again, there is a fear of losing, FOMO as you would generally know. This is one of the great reasons why someone entertains messages they do not want to check. Curiosity, the anxiety associated with the lack of an urgent update is what affects people.
Having said that, the answers must be found from within. Listen to your heart and mind and look for ways to take care of your mental health.