contemplating MXit

April 5, 2007

I did some posts on MXit back on emergingsa. You can find some of it here and here. It seemed to be an interesting topic, it got triggered by search engines every few days, but that was it, I never really blogged about it any more, although I did think about it from time to time. But one of the amazing things about blogging is the people you meat, and today I had one of the biggest surprises since I started blogging. I’ll tell you more in days or weeks to come, as I learn more of what’s going on. For now, I’m contemplating.

In this instance contemplation might be the correct word (read the About page). I might need to start taking a calm, lengthly, intent consideration, a long and thoughtful observation, on MXit. OK, so those of you who followed the emergingsa blog might by now know that this won’t be possible with me. Most probably I’ll be blogging about this for 3 days max and then find something else. But time will tell.

A lot of people are very negative about MXit. My parents for one. Kids chatting while socializing. Becoming “addicted” to MXit. I myself, well, I’m a LOT less negative. I chat quite a lot, although it does take a lot of time and I prefer GTalk. When MXit become an alternative for other forms of communication, then it become a mayor problem. But if MXit become another, an additional form of communication, then it’s a different story. Does that make sense at all? I’m not sure.

I think it is possible to hide behind MXit. To let people get to know your MXit personality, which is not your real personality, and hide behind that. OK, this was some random thought. Actually I would just like to hear your thoughts. Parents, teenagers, users, non-users. I need your thoughts, so whatever it is, please leave me a comment.


8 Responses to “contemplating MXit”

  1. aventer Says:


    People do hide behind Mxit. Sad to say. You dare more on Mxit. This is the truth. No one can see your reaction facialy when you respond to something. They only see the reaction you send to them on Mxit (may favourite reaction is “uhm…”). There is an emoticon menu which allows you to send different pictures over Mxit. But they don’t always go through as what is meant by.

    Some people show their true selves on Mxit. I’m one of them. I tell people straight forward what I think of things. This can be a good and a bad thing I think.

    Mxit is a great way of communication. My friends tell me I’m addicted to Mxit. Maybe they’re right, but I tend to differ. It’s a great way of meeting new people. In a strange way you get to know yourself a bit better.

  2. Paul Says:

    i am doing n project about mxit.
    My statement is : has mxit got something to do with the bad communication between teenagers

    and i was wondering if you could help me out a little


  3. cobus Says:

    I’d gladly do that!

  4. NadineSmit Says:

    So many teenagers think that mxit doesn’t effect their personality, especially when chatting. If you say that you stay the same, and express the real you, how is mmxit able te degrade your moral values. Don’t get me wrong,I love mxit, purely for the fact that it’s a cheat, quick way to stay in touch with my group of friends that I rarely see, it enables us to have contact.

    But I do think that it is infact not a great way to meet people, it’s a great way to meet mxit personalities, and even the people I truly know personaly and love, are different on mxit, it’s just the way it is. You don’t need to obtain a whole new personality to “change” on mxit. It’s easier so say stuff, it’s easier to lie, it’s easier to ignore.

    Mxit is not to blame, I think the concept is a good one, I blame irresponsible users. Don’t you have anything better to do than sit around on mxit chatting to total strangers.. there does exist a limit to communication. one can only talk so much sense, and after that, well who knows what could come up as the next topic… how you use mxit is a personal decision, learning from mistakes you’ve made on mxit could do you good, or you can just adapt the sense to avoid those mistakes altogether… not entirely easy if you make it hard…

    Negativity about mxit won’t help us at all. We have a better chance of getting somewhere by embracing it and finding guidelines and the best ways of handling mxit and of making it a save experience, one that could have a good positive effect on all parties envolved…

    Try it, my parents did, in fact they are both mxit users, even it theirs only gets used once in a while, hehe. But thats besides the point. By trusting your parents with your communication, you can earn their trust on the issue…

    Open and honest works…

  5. cobus Says:

    I think the whole thing of MXit personalities is very important. The fact that people are different people when using MXit, to what degree differs from person to person, is a reality. I don’t neccesarily consider that a problem, but I do think it can become a problem. But I also agree with you that who you are on MXit will effect who you are when not on MXit

  6. Paula Says:

    I “met” this really cute guy in a chatroom and we hit it off. I spent most of my days at home chatting to him, lol. CRAZY I KNOW. We finally decided to meet and poof it was all over. Nothing was real in the end, although it really did feel real it was not. I want to know…..

    The feelings that you feel for someone that you think you really know and spend hours on end chatting to, are those feelings real and do they really last.

    I believe in new ways of meeting people but is that the way to go if you are looking for a long lasting relationship?

  7. 4Q2 Says:

    Mxit is ok to a point. When it takes all your time an you start to ignore your family, stop and think about what your moral values have come down to.

    Everyone you get to know on mxit are not the same people. I don’t care if you say you not like that, you lying to yourself. I have never met someone that is the same online and face to face.

    Thats my opinion and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. r family, stop and think about what your moral values have come down to.

    Everyone you get to know on mxit are not the same people. I don’t care if you say you not like that, you lying to yourself. I have never met someone that is the same online and face to face.

    Thats my opinion and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

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