The Absurdity of Texts: How and why we’re reaching for brevity

It might seem obvious, but we’re in an era where text is the norm. We have texting apps on our cell phones, everyone is on social media platforms where they have to keep their posts short, and even if you are discussing a book or article that you just read, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to talk about it for long because of time constraints. In this blog article, author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett talks about the absurdity of texts and how brevity is not always necessary for quality content.

What is a Text?

Texts are the language of communication. They’re the essence of writing and they’re used everywhere from emails to social media posts. But what is a text, really? A text is simply a string of characters that are read one after the other in order to communicate ideas or information. It’s not defined by its length, but by its content.

While texts have been around for centuries, their use has exploded in recent years thanks to technology. Emails, social media posts, and even IM messages are all composed primarily of text. This has led to an increase in the use of brevity as a means of communicating ideas.

Brevity isn’t inherently bad, but it can be limiting when it comes to communicating ideas. For example, consider the following sentence: “The cat sat on the mat.” This sentence is concise and easy to understand, but it doesn’t provide much information about the cat or the mat. In contrast, this sentence: “A black cat sat on a white mat.” provides more information about both the cat and the mat.

Brevity can also be limiting when it comes to describing things. Imagine you’re trying to describe your new dish to your friends at dinner. You might say something like “It’s a kind of soup with noodles in it.” But if you want to go into more detail, you could say “It’s a spicy noodle soup with chicken broth and green onions.”

How are texts changing your life?

Texts have become an essential part of our lives. They’re how we communicate with each other, stay in touch with our loved ones, and get work done. But what are they really doing to us?

Texting has been linked with poorer mental health outcomes, including anxiety and depression. It’s also been linked with increased levels of stress, as well as addiction to social media and texting.

Why are texts changing our lives so negatively?

There are a few reasons why texts can have such a negative impact on our mental health. First, texts often require less verbal communication than face-to-face conversations. This means that we rely more on text messages to communicate important information or feelings, instead of speaking them out loud. As a result, texts can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness – two factors that can contribute to anxiety and depression.

Second, the short length of most texts makes it difficult for us to express ourselves fully. For example, if we want to say something that’s complicated or emotional, we may find it difficult to do so in a text message. This can lead to feelings of frustration and anger – both of which can be harmful to our mental health!

Finally, texting is often a repetitive activity. We tend to send the same kind of text over and over again – whether it’s a simple “How are you?” or a longer conversation about something important. Repeating certain phrases or words over and over again can lead

How are texts affecting your brain?

Texts are having a profound effect on our brains. They’re short, simple, and to the point, which is why they’re so effective. But there’s something off about them. Texts don’t allow for nuance or complexity, which can actually turn out to be detrimental to our mental health. Here are six ways texts are affecting your brain:

1) Texts Cause Disorientation

Texting while driving is dangerous enough without adding in the confusion that texting creates. According to a study published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, texting leads to disorientation because it “interrupts the process of selective attention” and “reduces task focus.” This means that you’re not as focused on the task at hand and you’re more likely to make mistakes.

2) Texts Cause Compulsive Behavior

We’ve all been there: We open our phone expecting to see a text from someone we care about but instead we see an email from work that needs attention right away. Suddenly, everything else in the world becomes irrelevant and we feel compelled to respond. This is called smartphone addiction and it’s caused by the same thing that makes texting so addictive: its brevity. When we’re constantly checking our phones, we become conditioned to react quickly to whatever comes up and this can lead to compulsive behavior such as overeating or gambling.


In an era where we’re constantly inundated with information, it’s refreshing to read a piece that takes a step back and asks the question: why are texts so short? In “The Absurdity of Texts,” Timothy Jay Smith argues that brevity is becoming more important than ever because of how fast our lives are moving. He points to the rise of email, which forces us to send concise messages rather than ramble on, as well as social media, which has made it easier for people to share stories in a quick and easy manner. Whether you agree or disagree with Smith’s arguments, his article is worth reading if only to gain some new perspective on the way we communicate.


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