Lost in Trans­la­tion

Cosmopolitan (India) - - LOVE & LUST -

The way your brain pro­cesses text mes­sages (both writ­ing and read­ing them) es­ca­lates an ar­gu­ment ex­po­nen­tially. “When you text, you’re ac­ti­vat­ing the more log­i­cal part of your brain. When you speak, you’re us­ing the more emo­tional cir­cuits,” says Amador. So even when you’re writ­ing a text that’s in­tended to be lov­ing or re­morse­ful, it’s nat­u­rally go­ing to come across as a bit cold and de­tached when he sees it in type. Our brains are wired to read only a part of a mes­sage, not the whole thing, which causes us to jump to con­clu­sions. “It goes back to how we learned to read as a kid. Your brain au­to­mat­i­cally groups to­gether words and phrases so you can ex­pect what the next word will be,” says Amador. So in­stead of care­fully scan­ning the mes­sage, your eyes dart to a few key words, and your mind fills in the rest.

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