My friend and I had just seen a play and, like everyone else in the theater, I took out my phone as the curtain came down.Waiting for me were five lengthy text messages from a guy I had been seeing for two months. ” I scrolled up to show her my seven unanswered text messages before, his three blocks of text before that and so on.These discussions aren’t all that different from those of generations past: pick up lines have always been picked apart and the art of the voicemail analyzed by singles long before the advent of texting.And many of the old, gendered traditions of who reaches out to whom and when have (for better or worse) persisted.In a 2015 poll by the Gravitate Research Group, 80% of Americans said they prefer texting to voice calls, and the average American spends 26 minutes texting every day.
As more and more couples meet online or through dating apps, texting has become not only a means of seduction, but also the foundation upon which a future might be built.It’s no wonder, then, that text message miscommunications were a daily source of stress and anxiety.It was yet another box to check as we sought a significant other: textual chemistry. A prisoner of fate to a future that has been sealed in advance. Within this world, the most corrupt humans have subconsciously created mental fortresses called "Palaces" where their innermost vices and desires are allowed to run rampant. But if my voice is reaching you, there may yet be a possibility open to you... On your first day attending Shujin Academy, you and a fellow outcast accidentally stumble into a mysterious Mental World known as the Metaverse: a place where cognition becomes reality, and real-world locations are twisted by the thoughts of humans.“We went on a couple of great dates, but he wouldn’t respond to texts for over 24 or 26 hours, and when he did, he was just a horrible communicator,” she explains.