That single, solitary, uncapitalized word appearing on your phone is even more terrifying than "We need to talk" or "The test came back positive." It's not a greeting, but a statement -- two letters and a piece of punctuation rife with emotion and subtext. To the texter, it's a meticulously formulated power-move; a way to shake you to your core effortlessly. To the textee, it's a vise-grip on your throat. By the end of the year, a projected 4.55 billion people worldwide will have their hands on a mobile phone with the capabilities of sending texts to both loved and unloved ones. This is a problem, and it has legs.
Smartphone owners under the age of 25 send 2,022 texts per month. That's 67 texts a day. That's two texts an hour, for 24 hours. Passive-aggressive texting is an expected phenomenon that has come out of privilege. It's become so ingrained in our means of communication, that we -- ourselves -- have become guilty parties of the heinous act.
So. Can it be fixed?