TWS, or “texting while sick,” is a slang term that is used in the texting world to refer to the act of texting or messaging someone when you are feeling ill. The acronym can also be interpreted as “text with sickness.” This term has been used since 2006, when it was first coined in an online message board.
The origin of this term is unknown, but some people speculate that it was used to describe the feeling of being glued to your mobile phone or computer, too sick to leave the house but still able to text. It implies a feeling of depression, exhaustion, or any other sickness that can be cured through healthy communication with your friends, family, or colleagues.
Typically, TWS is used in sarcastic tones, usually by someone who has been ill for a while and is fed up with not being able to work or do anything productive. The term is mostly used in place of more severe words such as “depressed” or “stuck in bed” as a way of expressing one’s frustration with a seemingly endless state of illness.
TWS can also be used to share empathy with someone else who is feeling ill. It can be seen as a gesture of understanding that someone else is sick and may be too weak to leave the house to socialize.
It is important to note that TWS should not be taken for granted or used with a casual attitude. It is meant to add a touch of reality to situations where one is feeling too ill to do anything else. It should also not be replaced with “real life” visits or interactions, otherwise it risks turning into an escape from reality.
In addition, it is also important to take into consideration the feelings of the people receiving the text. They may feel insignificant if you are sending a text that is not related to the conversation at hand, and may not understand the hidden meaning behind the words you send.
In conclusion, although “TWS” is used casually by some people, it should be used with caution, as it conveys more than just a message of ill health. Instead, it should be used to express empathy, understand how someone else is feeling, and help each other out in a way that is productive and meaningful.