Question

 1. Texting, Snapchat, and social media have all influenced how relationships

develop and end. Based on your experiences, how do these forms of communication change as your romantic relationships and friendship get closer or fall apart? How do you use these forms of communication differently to communicate to friends versus romantic partners?
  2. Which dialectical tensions are most common in your relationships? Have you experienced any tensions? How do you prefer to manage those tensions?
  3. The perspectives differ in terms of how linear versus nonlinear they are, as well as the extent to which closeness or intimacy is perceived to be a stable characteristic of relationships. How does each perspective differ on these issues? Which perspective do you think best explains the trajectory that most relationships take, and why?

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  1. Texting, Snapchat, and social media have all influenced how relationships develop and end. Based on your experiences, how do these forms of communication change as your romantic relationships and friendship get closer or fall apart? How do you use these forms of communication differently to communicate to friends versus romantic partners?

 

 

 

  • Nowadays, especially those who belonged to the Millennial and Generation Z, people very much relied on the use of the different social media platforms in terms of communicating. As per personal experience, these social media platforms helped a lot in sending out messages easily all over the world. Be that locally or internationally communicating with friends, and/or colleagues, these platforms were able to transmit the messages right away without having to wait a couple of days for the other person to receive it. When communicating with friends and colleagues, the simple idea of sending our regards and catching up is really easy, you may use it to send messages, videos, photos and in return, you may receive their reply right away. 

 

In short, the different applications and/or online platforms made it faster to communicate with other people.

 

On the other hand, using the social media platforms to communicate with our romantic partners also helped a lot. Considering sending out photos or videos of ourselves are easier. Getting an update from time to time through messages and calls are also easier which prevented most, if not all, relationships from falling apart especially if they are living away from each other (e.g. Long distance relationships). 

 

Comparing the two, it is most likely at par with each other in terms of how fast the communication between friends and/or partners can be. The constant texting, calls, and/or updates are easier and faster which is very much convenient on both parties.

 

However, if we are looking for some cons on this type of communication, we could all tell that despite the fast and easy way of communicating, the genuineness of the messages we send and/or receive cannot be well verified. Why? Well we could actually send out happy messages but in reality, we may not. The emotions through these online platforms can easily deceive us and may eventually be a reason for the fall of the relationship, whether romantically or with our colleagues/friends.

 

 

 

  1. Which dialectical tensions are most common in your relationships? Have you experienced any tensions? How do you prefer to manage those tensions?

 

  • For someone who belonged to the present and much younger generation, the most common relationship tension that I and the people on my age range usually experience is the openness-closedness, which I myself have experienced. Why? Because I have had these type of relationships wherein I would want to know right away some personal/important information about my partner. It is however something of importance to me because through this, we are able to get to know each other properly and deeply. Also, through this, there is the desirability to disclose and be open to our partners and there is also the idea of being discreet on some important things in our lives. This type of dialectic tension is actually something I have experienced and usually struggled with, considering it may be a reason for the further development of the relationship and/or be a reason for us to question ourselves and our partners and give us the glimpse of who they are and what they are at present and in the past.

 

  1. The perspectives differ in terms of how linear versus nonlinear they are, as well as the extent to which closeness or intimacy is perceived to be a stable characteristic of relationships. How does each perspective differ on these issues? Which perspective do you think best explains the trajectory that most relationships take, and why?

 

  • First of all, when we use the linear communication model, we tend to give out straight idea and/or messages to the receiver. We may use this to send messages straight to the point without the idea of making it longer or indirect. On the other hand, non-linear mode of communication is somewhat sending out messages on a different or much creative approach.

 

In terms of intimacy or closeness, the non-linear approach may be of use especially at present. This is because through this type of approach, some of our messages may actually create an image on the mind of the receiver (which is our partners). This may also a great way of actually expressing our ideas through creative words which reflects our emotions or the current feeling that we have while we are composing that specific message at that point and time. Also, through this type of communication, it also helped in preventing dull conversations, and rather than making it boring, it will then make the conversation longer and lighter.

 

 

Reference/s: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI9609433/

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10417940209373226?journalCode=rsjc20

https://askinglot.com/what-is-non-linear-model-of-communication

Step-by-step explanation

I have researched different studies, explanations, articles which tackled about the types of communication between partners / colleagues. I also tried to reflect my personal experience which I relate on my answers since some questions required such. Another is, I used the current or younger generation as an example considering they are the ones who are more exposed on the social media platforms (in communicating). Added some references also.