Dating is hard enough, but when you add in the social pressures of texting, it becomes a hundred times harder. Not being able to see the person you’re talking to means that they can’t judge anything based on body language, so being concise and sincere over text has become somewhat of an art. When Jake Moreno, a 22-year-old university student, wanted to ask his friend Hannah out on a date…he asked his professor for help.
His professor was excited to apply the three modes of persuasion to the situation, even crafting a diagram to help plan the perfect text!
Ethos: “I don’t want to come on too strong or pressure. Just a friendly outing. I am kind of cool sometimes.” Ethos attempts to describe the audience (in this case, Hannah) of the speaker’s character.
Logos: “It’s free food. A break from work. A good, low-stress time.” Logos appeals to logic, describing the reason for accepting.
Pathos: “It will be fun!” Pathos appeals to emotion.
Moreno applied everything into a single text…
It worked! The logical, persuasive, genuine request to spend time together ended up being an evening of finger painting the sunset in the most adorable date ever.
He also got to meet her dog, Winston.He had initially told his professor that he had zero skills when it came to texting girls…but obviously, he could teach everyone else a thing or two about first dates!