OK, I’ve gotten on board with the whole new text era. Initially, I did not understand why people texted. I witnessed many young people’s fingers frantically flying across doll-house sized key pads and thought: Why? Why not use the same cell phone and call the person? Like, why not just have a real conversation?
Then, I started texting. I get it now! Texting is convenient when a phone call is impractical. You can text anytime – day or middle of the night, not so with a phone call. Texting is a great way to send a quick message without having an extended phone conversation. And, for whatever cheap thrill I derive, it’s just fun. Texting is like getting a cool letter in the mail, or an anticipated email or post on facebook.
Now, the bad side. Texting, while fun, can be hazardous to relationships. Because there is a LOT of room for misinterpretation. Subtle nuances don’t come across clearly. Typos and abbreviations can lead to general confusion for the recipient. While texting is fun and sometimes necessary, it can create more communication problems.