THE RECENT addition to texting is a new version called fexting or fight texting.
This method of communicating has entered the White House between the President and First Lady.
What is fexting?
Fexting is the act of fighting with your partner or friends via text message rather than confronting them in person.
The method of communication is meant to keep personal arguments private from those within earshot.
It allows individuals to express their immediate thoughts and settle disputes at the moment rather than waiting until a later time.
Why does Jill Biden use fexting?
First Lady Jill Biden said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that she is no stranger to fexting.
She said she will often fext President Joe Biden to avoid the secret service hearing their argument or disagreement.
Jill Biden admitted to first fexting her husband during the Obama administration and it has continued into Biden’s presidency.
Speaking about their spats via text, Jill Biden told Harper’s Bazaar that the president told her, “You realize that’s going to go down in history. There will be a record of that.”
She added, “I won’t tell you what I called him that time.”
Can fexting harm your relationship?
Psychologists have determined that fexting can do more harm than good when it comes to relationships, saying the absence of sensory cues and body language can hinder communication.
Josh Smith, an Oxford-based couples and families counselor told The Guardian, “When you get a message, you don’t hear the quivering in their voice, the hurt. You might just see the anger.”
He added that having a record of the argument can result in continued anger that would delay a person’s ability to move on.
“The ability for people to go back and look over them can be tricky in terms of people healing and moving on because it’s something you can return to, fester over, or be upset by again,” he said.
However, the caveat to Smith’s assessment is that fexting would provide the opportunity for individuals to think about what they want to say before responding instead of saying something at the moment that they might regret.
Anjula Mutanda, a senior accredited practitioner with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, told the outlet, “It can be useful because the person writing has to stop and think about what they’re trying to say.
“And it gives you a moment to get out of emotional intensity into a much calmer headspace.”
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