I wonder if Alexander Graham Bell is cringing in his grave. I mean, he invented the telephone as a way of increasing our ability to communicate; eventually linking our entire world via this device that we call the ‘phone’. I guess he never had a premonition that this device might actually lead to the ultimate downfall of communication. The culprit….the invention of text messaging.
Okay, so text messaging is practical when you want to send a quick message to someone when: you are at work and can’t make a call; in a meeting and need to get someone info quickly; responding to someone you really don’t want to speak to…the list goes on and on as to the usefulness of texting. However there are downsides to this quick, convenient, UN-personal means of communication:
- A Date….So I just met you and I really don’t know you too well…but you, you insist on texting me in lieu of calling me. I do like the little texts like, ‘How’s ur day?’, or ‘Can’t wait to see u 2nite’. But when you are asking me out on a date, it would be really nice to hear your voice on the phone, especially when I am just getting to know you. I want to connect with you, and hear a glint of excitement or nervousness in your voice. The ‘How bout Fri nite, u free’ text isn’t quite the same thing.
- Dating ……So we are getting to know each other, been on a date or two, and you, you prefer to have an entire conversation via text messaging. This quickly leads me to…..
- Think that you have no life if you can spend an hour texting back and forth…
- Think that you might suck up all my time if I really got to know you because I am busy and don’t want to sit around texting for an hour when all that was said could have been summed up in a five minute call….
- Inevitably text something that gets misinterpreted as I am growing impatient and in my zest to somehow end this conversation and save some intrigue for our date, my Sagittarian humor gets ‘Lost in TEXTation’ and I unknowingly offend you……and spend the next twenty minutes trying to undo the misunderstood text message..UGH!
- Think that you might be married or have a girlfriend because it is SUNDAY after all and I am sure talking would be much easier than this time consuming, labor intensive sure to be misconstrued long ass texting session!
3. Fighting…. You know what I am talking about, we have all done it. Fighting with a friend or a lover via text….Not only is this impersonal but it also:
- Gives me written documentation of your anger, which I can show to my friends to let them know how crazy-mean-abusive- and-nasty your mad dumb ass can be….
- Written documentation that can be forwarded to anyone of my contacts in my phone….
- Better yet, screen shot and posted on Facebook and Instagram for the world to see…..
4. Demise of Language as we know it…..Okay, so texting has its own language, one that is composed of shortened words and emoticons, resulting in:
- The life span of a relationship is now completely documented via text:
- Babe I ♥ u xo…
- Babe…ttu tmr :)…
- Hey… obvi nt on sm page…
- Wtf !!!! btw I am done….
- Text language trickling outside the world of its cell phone home when emails, letters, and correspondence of all kinds are often full of btw, u, ttu, tmrw, k, ty and omg……I wonder if kids in elementary school will ever learn to spell correctly?
- Text language inevitably becomes an actual word…OMG OMG OMG…need I say more? How long before Webster’s Dictionary recognizes it as an actual word?
When Scarlett Johansson was ‘Lost in Translation’ in Hong Kong, if she was also ‘Lost in TEXTation’ at the same time….the movie would have ended completely different. You can write your own ending to that story…possibilities…endless….