I think things like phone, text, email, face time change social language by making things less formal. We can understand people differently and get to know how to talk to a certain person. If you email your boss regarding a work issue it would seem much more formal, whereas if you were to text your boss it would make you feel more casual and comfortable. This sort of reminds me of the early posts on my blog of the video by Steve Pinker where he talked about innuendoes and different relationships. Through these different types of communications it makes us question things which we may think are small but often come into everyones heads like ‘how many time do we kiss someone on the cheek if you were meeting the first time’ because over a text a mojority of people have found themselves in habbits where they tend to put ‘x’ at the end of messages which are known to be kisses. But at the same time, if i was to call this same person, speak the same message, would i throw in a ‘mwaaaah’ at the end of the conversation? No, i don’t think i would. But you can see how it changes social language a little as it helps you understand your situations more.
If two men were to hug, Who would be the more powerful man? would it be the guy who has his hand around the other guys shoulder? or the guy who nudges his shoulder? This could even be down to shaking hands. I know usualy the guy who squeezes the other guys hand is usualy come across as the tough guy.
I think its all about ways of communicating and knowing who your communicating with. What sort of relationship you hold with this person. A couple of years ago while i was studying foundation course my tutor emailed me, and though she was a very girly girl i was unsure of whether to put an ‘x’ at the end of the reply. But i left it at the time, ad when i received the reply from her, she had casually put two ‘x’ at the end of them email. For me this realy eased the relationship of students and teachers as i felt a lot more comfortable with her from that day onwards.