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Call me maybe?

September 6th, 2012

Let me start by saying that I have a very strong, passionate, tenacious dislike for texting.

That being said, I’m probably texting as you read this sentence.

But before you call me a hypocrite, let me defend myself by saying, unfortunately, I, like many other people in the world today, have been forced to accept texting as a common part of our culture, and in my adaptation to the changing world, I do it. But, again, if I had it my way, I’d get rid of it all together.

In my eyes, texting is completely ruining our society. That might be a bold statement, but as a communication major, it is one I stand behind 100 percent.

Texting puts our society  backwards from how people are actually supposed to interact. I’m all about one-on-one, personal interactions with getting to know someone by being around them, spending time with them, and asking questions about them, which in turn leads to conversation. In a text, I can barely even tell when someone is being sarcastic, angry, excited or even upset. There is no emotion in texting, and emotion is the best way to connect with people.

Texting is even worse when it comes to someone you might like or have feelings for. I’m sure we have all had those situations where we have a million thoughts running through our head like “Should I text them? I don’t want to bother them…But if I don’t text them, someone else might be right now. What if they think I’m not interested anymore? But what if they’re busy, I wouldn’t want to get annoying or overwhelming…but I should go for it…right?” And then when you do send that text it’s “Why haven’t they responded?” Or, “How long should I wait to text back after they text back?” And “How do I respond to ‘LOL’?”

Not fun.

People have a better relationship with their phone than they do with the person they are trying to talk to through it.

Believe it or not, for centuriespeople had relationships without texting, and I guarantee if they could do it, so can we. But it’s now so ingrained in our society that it seems like there’s no going back. To me texting just makes things harder.

Add onto that problems with texting and driving, people sneakily texting during class instead of paying attention to that day’s lecture and those awkward times when you’re having a conversation with someone and they start texting while you’re talking, and you pretty much have nothing good.

I admit wholeheartedly that texting is a valuable tool. It allows us to keep in touch with one another like never before. It makes it easy to confirm an appointment or meeting with someone like we do when we’re meeting up with our crew to head to lunch in the dining hall. And it allows us to share and spread information faster than ever before.

With all that in mind though the positives don’t outweigh the negative effects I believe it has had on our society. Bottom line: I’d take phone calls and personal interactions with people over texting any day.