Your texts are so dull
I tried to conversate more
But it was futile.
Glance down at your text message inbox and you’re guaranteed to have a large group of threads replete with “trail offs.” What is a trail off, you ask? It’s when your conversation takes on this form. At the beginning the texts read like this:
You: dude I’m so glad you found me on facebook! We haven’t talked in forever, how’ve you been? What’ve you been up to? Are you still seeing that one crazy chick from the East Coast?
Eventually, however, the thread dies a slow and painful death:
You: I totally get that.
Conversations (if they can even be called that) like these are not only painful to watch but painful to be in. Trail offs happen pretty frequently and the harsh reality is that these trail offs are partly your fault. The age old idiom still holds true, it does take two to tango (or conversate, in this case) and you’re one of the two tango-ers. If you find that a good portion of your text threads end with trail offs, chances are high that you lack the linguistic ability necessary for a successful text conversation.
If you read the above proclamation and got angry, go count to 100 and then come back. I need you to read the above diagnosis with an open mind. All hope is not lost and you’re not a worthless person for not being a clever linguist, you just haven’t learned how to tango properly. Just how does one become an creative chatter? Here are two quick tips for conversation improvement.
1) consume written words and then reexplain them. Consume something other than the events of your daily life. I don’t care if that thing is a book of daily prose, a cooking blog, a fashion magazine, or a calendar with photos of adorable kittens standing next to famous sayings, just make it something outside of your daily routine. Ingest the words, and then spit them back out again. Get a twitter feed and tweet about what you’ve read. Create a blog and write a 100-word blog on what you’ve read. Grab a piece of paper, scribble down some thoughts about what you’ve read, and tack it to a telephone pole. The trick is to allow new thoughts to enter into your world, mull them over, and then spit them back out again. This will greatly improve your choice of conversational topics and also increase your ability to word things well.
2) try to come up with one original thought a day. An original thought doesn’t need to be something that’s never been thought of, it has to be something that you’ve never thought of before. Try to form an opinion (with reasons for why you formed said opinion) on the little piece of writing you read that morning (see tip #1). This will both inspire your creativity and further your originality. After all, having unique, interesting opinions on the things around you is an amazing way to breathe new life into a conversation.