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Texting Dyslexic

Hello humans of the internet!  I hope you’re having wonderful days.  Today (by today, I mean freakishly late at night when I write), I felt that it was time to talk about technology. I think we can all agree that technology is great. I can talk to friends that live on a different continent in real time.  If you have allergies and don’t know what you can eat at a restaurant,  you can probably look it up.  When you have a cold,  you can search your symptoms and convince yourself you’re dying of cancer.  You can binge watch television.  In this age of tech, most communication is through text message and that’s what I want to talk about (hence the title).

First, I would like to say that every person’s mind works differently and therefore every person-who-happens-to-have-dyslexia’s mind works differently. I have no idea if this is a problem for anyone else.  Sometimes when i receive a text message, I can’t make any sense of it. It’s as if it were written in a different language.  Sometimes this is due to the person writing in abbreviations.  But,  other times,  it’s written out in plain English and I just can’t read it.  This is what all reading is like for me,  but I find it to be particularly problematic with texting because I’m expected to send a relevant response. I wanted to talk about this for two reasons. 1] I kind of hoped someone else has the same problem and would say something (misery loves company, you know). 2] I wanted to share some coping skills that I have learned just in case someone who reads this has this problem or knows someone that does.

There are several courses of action when you receive a message that you can’t decipher.

  1. Ask the closest person what it says.  This is usually the fastest way to figure it out.  However,  sometimes there’s no one around or you’re talking about people with your best friend or your having a private conversation with your significant other.  Sometimes you just don’t want anyone to know what it says.
  2. You can ignore the message and hope that you’ll be able to read it later.  Occasionally,  I’ll look back at a sentence or phrase that I spent a good 10 minutes trying to decipher and be able to read it no problem the second time.  But sometimes that doesn’t work either.  And the text could be time sensitive.  If you’re talking to someone about your favorite pokemon,  you could probably give it a bit.  But if you asked your sister who was driving the dog to the vet in 10 minutes,  you should find out the answer.
  3. Call.  This is usually my go to.  Skip all the stress of trying to text and just use your voice.  You can even tell your phone to call for you, no reading or typing necessary.  Now,  this may not always be practical.  You or the person you are trying to contact may not be somewhere where they can talk.
  4. The fourth and final coping skill is to ask the person to say it differently.  Probably explain why you are asking them to say things differently because that could be confusing.  Most of the people who text me frequently are super awesome humans who try not to use too many abbreviations and don’t mind when I have to ask them to “say it differently”.

Do you have trouble with text messages or any other aspect of technology?  How do you deal with it?  Do you think my coping skills would be helpful and do you have any others you’d like to share?  Anything you’d like to ask?  Type it in the envelop at the bottom of the page.  Until next time,  keep it weird and love your life.

AK

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I'm a recent college graduate with dyslexia making my way in the world.

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