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It all comes down to when and how you text, according to Turkle and Tchiki Davis, who holds a doctorate in psychology and studies, writes and consults on well-being technology. Both said there's one cardinal rule of texting: Don't do it when you're around other people.Click to Edit Description
Thank you for texting me such nice things yesterday
It's better to refrain from texting even around total strangers, Davis said. She mentioned what she called a classic scenario when commuting home from work at the end of a long day, people whip out their phones and disappear into their screens, ignoring their fellow passengers on the bus or the subway.
Once you're completely and truly alone, go ahead and break out your phone, Turkle and Davis said but be thoughtful about who and what you text. Run through your roster of friends and family and consider who might be feeling lonely or confronting a difficult situation. Then shoot them a message.
"Studies have shown that people who text and reach out to others experience less pain," Davis said. "It can be used to cope and just kind of deal with challenging situations. Do reach out to others if you're alone and need support."