library science

Asynchronous communication

The other night, @emilociraptor was walking me home from work bc I was dizzy, and we were talking about methods of communication. I mentioned that I prefer asynchronous communication, i. e. e-mails, twitter @replies, tagging in tumblr posts, etc. They were shocked, they had never thought about methods of communication in this way.

I figured there are definitely other people who could use this term to explain their preferred methods of communication. I learned about it through a class in my masters program, for library science, where we were discussing different methods that people contact the reference desk in a library. 

There are the synchronous methods of communication: in person, phone calls, text messages, live chats. 

Then there are the asynchronous, which in the library setting mostly refers to emails. 

In asynchronous communication, there is an understanding that the other person does not have to reply immediately and often, it is a surprise if they do so. The assumption is that they are not sitting down at that method of communication at the same time, so there will be a delay in receiving a response. 

In interpersonal relations, there are the other methods I mentioned up there ^ where it is the same assumption. When you @reply someone on twitter, you don’t except them to respond immediately. Sometimes, you don’t expect them to reply at all. Same with many replies to tumblr posts; it can be a way of saying “I see this, I have something to add or respond to in regards to this post, but this may be a one-way street.” Sometimes it can be as simple as a message of support on a post about someone being in a bad place, where liking the post might be read in a different way.

Synchronous communication, which can apply to various forms of chat, text messaging (which can go either way, depending on the people using it), phone calls, and others, can be hard for a lot of people. I personally suffer from chronic fatigue, and I find many synchronous communication to be tiring, so I limit it and try to only participate in it when it gives me a positive feeling. 

For example, I am currently in a group chat with a handful of other people, and it is a good mid-point between synchronous and asynchronous for me: I can follow the chat, but there is never a need to reply. I only have to reply when I want to, or when I have something to say. 

So, I give you these terms, tumblr! Use them to help people understand why you hate picking up the phone when they call, or when you feel like you have to apologize for being bad at responding to facebook messages or texts. Overall, remember that you don’t owe anyone your time, energy, or attention.
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Hello, my name is Rose

I am a 22 year old library assistant who loves to read. I’ve been working at a library for most of my young adult life (six years as of 2017) and absolutely love my job. Be prepared to see a lot of librarian humor, literary jokes and book reviews.

Favorite books: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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