For this exercise I decided to take the idea of texting and messaging and turn it into an experimental physical posting exercise. Rather than sending texts or messages to people I took post-its and wrote messages and posted them in places for these people to see them.
My original idea was to write letters to people physically and just delivering them in person as a form of physical texting, but I realized I did not have that much to say to people. I tried all different size lines and paper types and nothing seemed right. So I had to figure out a way to modify it so that it could be visually appealing as well as functional for the purpose I needed it for.
I decided to go with post-its mostly because of the functionality of them and because they are just the right size to send a small message on. Functionally, they were perfect for what I was trying to do and it kind of helped shape my experiment even more. The functionality of them is even in the name: “Post-its” because you are posting a little message for yourself or others, and it worked well for this because I was able to shape this exercise to bring awareness to the messages we send and how private they actually are. Though there is a difference between posting something per say on Facebook rather than messaging them, but the idea that we spend so much time posting anything publicly like we do is a very interesting concept in the animal kingdom because it can turn something purely informational into a competition.
As you can see these notes worked pretty well, though they were only a one way street, I was not able to incorporate a response mechanism for them but some of them I was able to leave without a response and, breaking the use of this communication method even more, someone I left a message for me responded over Facebook, and without even taking a second to think about it, I responded to him via Facebook as well. That just goes to show how normal it is for people to just conveniently be able to communicate with one another.