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My Phone Teaches Me To Be A Better Conversationalist

A lesson in communication learned via text message history.

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Now that example may seem obvious. But I think examining text patterns is even more useful for those I talk to most - where the balance is complex.

For instance, when I scrolled through days of texts with my girlfriend, I saw great fluctuation. Some days we alternated. Some days she had more to say, some days I did. And sometimes neither of us had much to say.

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I've found that visualizing our conversations this way helps me to identify what mode we're in at any given moment, and what role I could play to best serve our communication needs - listener, talker, one-who-leaves-her-alone.

In time, I hope to see all of these glowing clues in real life as well as I do on my phone.