What is text-blasting?
The act of non-stop texting people throughout the day — about anything and everything under the sun is nothing but text-blasting. What is more annoying is the fact that text-blasters also expect the other person to be equally responsive to their messages. Nishant Gandhi, a psychologist, says, “There are some who do not care about your busy schedules. Their only motive is to occupy their partner’s mind space and engage in random conversations whenever possible.”
Reasons why people text-blast
Gandhi says, “Text-blasters attempt to constantly remind their partner about their presence and the fact they are thinking about them every now and then. In fact, these people get paranoid if their partners do not reply to their texts for a while.”
To occupy mind space
This is a tactic that some people use in order to engage their partners. They constantly keep texting them about random things, so that their minds are occupied with their thoughts and they are almost unable to think about anything else.
Incapability to talk
Clinical psychologist Shikha Verma, says, “In some cases, it is a genuine issue of a person being unable to talk face-to-face. There are people who find it difficult to share their thoughts or express freely. It is through texts that they try to convey their feelings and that is why this medium of communication becomes important for them.
Becomes a habit
Some people begin and end the day by looking at their phone screens. For them, texting is a necessity. They can’t do without it for a long time — they feel the need to send and receive text messages constantly and wish to keep chatting with people throughout the day. But text-blasters do it more with their partners.
To get a kick
Preeti Nair, a relationship counsellor, says, “When it comes to people who are in a new relationship, text-blasting each other gives them a kick. They enjoy endlessly chatting with one another. Seeing a message pop up on their phone screen gives them a certain high; the fact that they are constantly on each other’s mind excites them.”
To strengthen bonds
For some, text-blasting is a way to stay connected with their partners, emotionally. They feel that texting them frequently will help them understand each other better. Keeping in touch with each other most of the time is their way of showing concern and they feel that it will enhance their bond.
“Although, constant texting is encouraged in most new relationships; seasoned ones do not need several text messages for partners to convey their feelings or express love,” adds Nair. In fact, after a point, constant messaging gets extremely annoying as it ends up distracting the person from living in the real world, and keeps him/her from concentrating on other important things.