Text Talk

When you write something to another person, one thing you might find difficult to communicate is your tone. The other person cannot hear the emotion in your voice or see the expression on your face. Some things can sound nice or rude depending on how you say them, but in a text message, you can’t show that you’re smiling. Emoticons can help. We can also use abbreviations to show that we’re laughing (LOL) or surprised (OMG). Yet, you might still find yourself sending or receiving a message that triggers the wrong feelings. This activity is a fun way to practice saying and hearing the emotional meaning behind someone’s words. Notice how different we sound when we say something with kindness or cruelty, then think about what happens when the same thing is just a text message. 

 

Materials/Supplies: 

  • Pencil/pen
  • White paper

 

Facilitator: William Desravines