There are too many ways to DM, and it's stifling the way we communicate

There are too many ways to DM, and it's stifling the way we communicate
From Mashable - February 19, 2018

At any given moment, I have, on average, five unread text messages, a couple unread Instagram messages, dozens of unseen Twitter DMs, and close to 1,000 unread emails along with a smattering of other messages on services like Facebook, Snapchat, and Slack.

It's too much, and it's becoming too hard to keep up with all of it.

All of these inboxes to check and ways to talk to one another, in theory, make communication easier, more natural, and fluid. But in practice? This disjointed way of communicating in the modern world just makes everything more exhausting.

Instead of having one place to check, we have a dozen, and it makes the likelihood that something will fall through the cracks even greater than it was when we relied solely on email and one or two social networks.

We have so many ways to communicate with one another that it makes me feel as if I am no longer connecting, just reacting.

Most of the time, when I am getting in touch with someone via DM on Instagram or Twitter, it's in response to something posted publicly.

There's nothing inherently wrong with that, and in many ways it leads to more open communication with people I am not usually speaking to, but that's as far as it goes.

While in earlier years I would have sent a long text or email to a good friend to get in touch, these days, I just write a quick reply to an Instagram Story and call it a day.


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