Digital connectivity can keep you close to your partner throughout the day: you can snap them, tweet them, DM them or facetime them often without missing a beat at work. But what happens when things get a little tense? Text fights with a partner — different in many ways than IRL fights — are a unique battleground fraught with misunderstandings and awkwardly timed emojis that can have a major impact on your relationship.
Like many Millennials, my first breakup was over IM. As someone who has negotiated their entire romantic life over gchat, text, email, and social media, it's hard to imagine facing every bit of interpersonal friction face to face. That said, not everyone is a master of the text fight. In fact, some people prefer the phone, some folks prefer email, and some couples prefer an old fashioned sit down. And just as everyone has their own way of expressing love, we each have our own unique ways of expressing anger, too. When you're trying to deal with a disagreement, it's imperative to know how you and your partner engage in a fight and whether your fighting styles are causing even more conflict than the issue at hand. This is particularly true for a text fight.
Here are five things to be aware of when you're arguing via smartphone: