Business Communication

Why Corporate Chat Continually Circles Back by Lisa

In ⁢the popular reality show Love Island, where singles compete for love and a lucrative endorsement deal with Boohoo, ‌the common way to initiate a⁢ conversation is by asking, “Shall we go for⁢ a chat?” This phrase often carries a tone similar⁣ to a manager inviting an employee for their yearly performance review.

Observing other reality shows centered around ⁢romance, such ⁤as Married at First Sight and The Only Way is Essex, it’s interesting to note the formal, almost corporate-like tone that has seeped into personal dialogues. Nowadays, resolving⁢ disagreements can sound like a call to a customer service representative about an overpriced ⁣phone bill. Phrases like “That ⁤has created an issue for myself,” are common, as the other party prepares a response akin to a Human Resources representative.

This corporate tone was evident in a recent episode of Love Island ⁣when Lana Jenkins finally resolved her love triangle with Casey O’Gorman and‌ Ron Hall in a dramatic recoupling. After Lana chose Casey, a disappointed Ron invited him for a “handover” chat. This‌ unusual “handover” was conducted similarly to how one might pass on work to ⁤a colleague before going on vacation or at the end of a work shift.

This business-like approach​ to personal relationships has been a trending topic on social media for a while. In ⁢2019, academic and writer Melissa Fabello tweeted a message from a conversation with a friend. In the message, her friend warned her ​about a difficult topic ahead, asking ⁢if Fabello had‌ the emotional and physical‌ capacity to listen to her vent. The tweet went viral, with some people arguing⁢ that the interaction treated⁤ friendship like a ⁣contractual obligation. The debate heated up when Fabello shared an example template of ‌how she would respond if she didn’t have the capacity to provide the necessary support for a friend. This template led to numerous memes and sparked a discussion about the language we use to establish boundaries in relationships.

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