Suppose you want to get in touch with a friend.
Once, your options for doing so might have been sparse: pick up the phone or write a letter.
- Alexis Elder
- The Conversation
But these days, you have to decide: Should you call or text, use Snapchat, or reach out on Twitter, Messenger or Skype?
Other considerations, whether it’s an old friend or new acquaintance, or whether you’re asking a favor or checking in, as well as your own conversational tendencies and preferences, could also factor in.
As an ethicist specializing in social technologies, such questions interest me.
These choices play a…