Breach and Clear: Bombardment of Messages

Jacob Guliuzo and Josh Smith

We each Facebook messaged three members of our family or friends. We messaged them non-stop for a day, telling them everything we did. We chose the rule of not constantly texting others to violate because it almost guarantees a response. When a person keeps receiving messages over and over they may get annoyed and respond with an inclination of “shut up” or “leave me alone.”

Jacob messaged two family members and one friend. After two hours of messaging the friend and not getting a response back of what was going on, the friend started messaging Jacob back with everything that he was doing. Jacob’s sister did not care, and just said, “good for you.” Jacob’s brother got worried, and then called with no answer. The brother then told their mom and she called Jacob saying that if he didn’t pick up, she would have called campus safety.

Josh messaged three family members. After only three messages to his mom that said Josh went to the bathroom and then washed his hands, she asked if he was drinking. Josh was not, of course, and his mother just kept telling him to be safe throughout the day. She also said she got upset. Josh’s sister did not care, and just went along with it, sometimes responding with “interesting!” or “wow!” Josh’s dad was not amused, thinking that Josh was high, only responding once saying, “Are you high?”

In both cases, we determined that mothers become concerned when their children act out of character, even through social media. Younger sisters tend to respond sarcastically back because they may think that their older brothers are messing with them, per usual. Friends tend to be sarcastic back as well. Everyone behaved the way they did because of preexisting relationships with Jacob and Josh. What this says about how we interact online is that people don’t post ordinary things that they do, or events, on social media. They only post uncommon or special things that make them stand out and draw attention.

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