Texting and Twitter Can Send Wrong Message

J. Brian Houston, co-director of MU’s Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) and assistant professor of communication

The brevity of texting and Twitter can send wrong message to loved ones, according to J. Brian Houston, co-director of MU’s Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) and assistant professor of communication. During the Vietnam War, soldier’s families waited months to receive communication from soldiers on the front line. Now cell phones and the Internet allow deployed soldiers ad their families to communicate instantly. However, along with the benefits of keeping in touch, using new communication technologies can have negative consequences for both soldiers and families, the research could lead to guidelines for how active military personnel and their families can best use modern communications.