One big step was IM'ing and emailing. IM'ing is brilliant because if the person you like actually is online with you, you can boldly say things you'd never have the courage to say in person. Come on, I know everyone knows what i'm talking about. Yes, it's the concept we all know about but don't have a phrase for (until now), e-Courage. Random flirty comments seem a lot easier when you're typing rather than saying it. That's the power of e-Courage. Not having an awkward moment in front of someone helps to encourage e-Courage. Previously the only form of artifical courage supplement known was liquid courage (i.e. booze, sharaabi pani, fun punch, etc.).
The problem of course is that the major caveat in this whole e-Courage nonsense is that the object of one's desire has to be online as well.... not to mention also a member of your chatting platform of choice (aol, msn, yahoo), not that I've ever had to think about this or anything (not because I'm not a nerd but rather because I'm on all three).
And then, shining down from the heavens, came a little thing called text messaging...and now you can take your mobile e-Courage with you while you go out. No longer do you have to stay at home endlessly on Friday & Saturday nights....again, not like I ever did that.
Text messaging takes sketchiness one step farther than any other form of communication because you can randomly text poeple while you're out drinking. In otherwords, it combines e-Courage with liquid courage to create a nearly unstoppable force. However as Superman would tell you, with omnipotent Courage comes the responsibility that goes with it. One should not abuse their powers.
While I dont profess to have all the answers, I'd like to explicitly bring up some key questions which I'm sure you all think about. Just take this simple little quiz:
- When you go out drinking, who do you think about texting the most? Is there a person you want to text message but feel like you shouldn't?
- When you get a text message from someone desireable, how quickly do you send your reply.... do you wait a lil while so as to not seem desperate, or do you hit send right away in the hopes of getting a quick response?
- If you're dating someone, do you have an e-mistress (or I'm not sure what the guy version is), someone who you playfully text but would not tell your Significant Bother about?
- Do you feel more comfortable texting people versus actually calling them (perish the thought! god forbid)
And for this we salute you text messaging, for being the social crutch and conduit to sketchiness that you are.