Skylar Jessen

Face To Face Mode - Work in Progress / OS Feature

Can texting feel more like we are in the same room?


In a texting conversation we have the ability to craft the perfect response. Whether it is with someone we are flirting with or a person we are fighting with, we can edit, research, ignore, and reread until we feel we have the ideal message to send. This attempt at the "perfect" way to communicate removes much of the presence, risk, and 'realness' of sitting across from someone. And that realness is important. 

It's in the moments where we are paying attention in a more present way, get things wrong, confuse our message, or misunderstand, that we learn about ourselves and about each other.

So how can a text message provide even a small level of deeper presence and risk or necessary imperfection?