Telling Transformation Texting vs. Talking
Making people reachable is what technology has been created to do, but I wonder if 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?
I remember once I wrote a letter to someone and they actually cried, worried I wondered if I did something wrong, but they were just so happy to get a hand written letter that they were overwhelmed. Now- what kind of world do we live in where we get teary eyed over hand written letters? This one; cause not so far after a friend of mine wrote me a letter and it made me so happy that I still have it. At times I wonder what caused us to get to this point….and in a conversation with another friend I realize it’s because of technology. We are so technologically advanced that we don’t even have to be in the same room, state, or country or even speak to have conversations with people. How crazy is that? Right now I could be talking to someone from Japan from the comfort of my own room in America, mind blowing isn’t it?
However, I fear the amazing technological advances that allow us these privileges also deter us. Most conversations are now held in text messages. Jeffrey Kluger, senior writer at TIME Magazine and author of several books on science topics, says, “The number of text messages sent monthly in the U.S. exploded from 14 billion in 2000 to 188 billion in 2010, according to a Pew Institute survey. Americans ages 18-29 send and receive an average of nearly 88 text messages per day, compared to 17 phone calls.” So what’s happening to our interpersonal communication? It’s dying. More and more young adults prefer texting to having real conversations and it’s becoming a “skill” being able to talk on the phone. “It is an art that’s becoming as valuable as good writing,” says Janet Sternberg, a professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University in New York who is also a linguist. Still, many experts say the most successful communicators will, of course, have the ability to do both, talk or text, and know the most appropriate times to use those skills. And they fear that more of us are losing our ability to have – or at least are avoiding – the traditional face-to-face conversations that are vital in the workplace and personal relationships.
So which do you prefer? Are you a big texter? Or do you still manage to speak on the phone? Where do you think that this alarming statistic is going to lead? Personally I wonder what new form of communication we’re going to create next. Will we be able to communicate mentally? How scary would that be?
Gentilviso, Chris. “Text Messaging: Is Texting Ruining The Art Of Conversation?” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 03 June 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
Kluger, Jeffrey. “We Never Talk Anymore: The Problem with Text Messaging.” Time. Time, 16 Aug. 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.