Instant gratification can lead to heartbreak - www.jewishaz.com: Singles

Instant gratification can lead to heartbreak

ESTHER D. KUSTANOWITZ | Posted: Friday, May 13, 2005 12:00 am

In the age of the Internet, who writes love letters anymore? The romantic epistolary tradition has gone high-tech; online love is all about the Instant Message (IM) window, with its unique language of shorthand endearments: BRB (be right back), IMHO (in my humble opinion) and the ultimate phrase representing devotion and commitment potential, the coveted LOL (laughing out loud). But at the end of an e-communication, can we trust our memory of what happened? Absent intonation and physical cues, how do we discern if a sentiment is mutual? And how real is the connection for today's daters?

"Electronic media is a double-edged sword," says Laya, 23, one of the bloggers at Jewlicious. "People can hide behind it or let it empower them." IM, in particular, she says, often functions as a "virtual shield that allows us to express what we might be uncomfortable saying in person," and the resultant ambiguity of meaning "gives us an 'out'; because we didn't have to look them in the eyes when we said it, we can always say 'just kidding.'"

Login required

We have used your information to see if you have a subscription with us, but did not find one.

Please click the button below to verify an existing account or to purchase a new subscription.

Need an account? Create one now.

You must login to view the full content on this page.