I am a former text addict.
There was one time in my life when I would rather text someone, instead of picking up the phone to call. I found actual conversations draining, especially if the conversation involved conflict. I’d rather curse you out over text, than actually have to scream it into a phone. Back when I was Team Blackberry, there was no way to hide the tapping sound that came from the rapid-firing of text messages. If I had something to say, my thumbs were my guide.
Nowadays, I’ve changed my texting ways, and actually prefer an actual phone call. It’s gotten to the point that I’m now annoyed by people who want to carry on a whole conversation via text messaging. Usually I just let them know that if they want to have an actual conversation, it’s better to just call me. I don’t have the time or desire to sit around texting, and having one word back and forth conversations.
Making people reachable is what technology has been thought to do, but some think that it has done the complete opposite. In a society that relies heavily on an array of devices used to communicate, has the art of conversation been lost? According to Pew Charitable Trusts, 83% of American adults have cell phones and out of that 83%, 45% of those are smart-phones. Nearly 90% own some kind of computerized device. Three in four Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 use social media.
Unfortunately, there are people who feel more comfortable with texting than actually talking, and that makes for awkward in-person interaction. Imagine being on a date, and the only conversation going on is at the other tables. At that point, do you pull out your phone and send a text to the person sitting across from you, and converse that way? Of course I’m being facetious, but there have been many occasions when I’ve felt like doing just that. I refuse to believe that conversation is a lost art that is taking a backseat to texting. I blame these unlimited text message plans, if people still had to pay 50 cent per text, I’m sure there would still be great conversations going on.
Do you think technology has made people more impersonal? Texting vs Calling – which do you prefer?