Text messaging has exploded over the last decode. From 2006-09, the amount of text messages sent and received went up 450%. Texting now dominates over phone calls, or even personal interaction altogether now. It's much more simple and a quicker way to communicate with each other. But anyone who has texted knows of on of its major woes, and that's the difficulty in reading emotions, as well as picking up non-verbal cues. These things can be very necessary to understand during conversations, and if misinterpreted, then many problems can arise. This is due to the fact that we take theses cues for granted, we think people know what we mean, and can understand the emotions we do or do not convey. Instead of portraying them non-verbally, we have to insert the cues themselves within the text message. A "haha" or "lol" shows that the person is joking or not serious about what was said. Without them, the meaning would take on a totally different one and cause a big mess. Texting may be an easier way to communicate, but it comes with risks, although they can be avoided. Just make sure the other person in the conversation will fully understand what you are saying, otherwise be ready to explain yourself.