Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Is Texting Lame?


So the other night I was texting a female friend of mine. It went something like this:

Me: *tap tap tap tap tap*
"Are you going to be around later?"

Response:
"I'll be around after 11"

Me: *tap tap tap tap tap tap tap*
"Holla at me when you're free"

Response:
"OK... guess what happened to me today?"

Me: *tap tap*
"What's that?"

Response:
"I was at the mall earlier and I ran into (insert name). She had the nerve to walk right past me and not speak. I was so pissed"

Me: *tap tap tap*
"That sucks. Get at me when you're free"

Response:
"I know right? I am not gonna let that ruin my day. I mean we've known each other forever and she's gonna turn around and do me like that? Blah blah blah blah words words words words words blah blah"

This exchange took no less than 30 minutes...

I must admit that I have fallen victim to texting culture. It's much easier to send a quick message to someone and get a quick message back than to call them and get bogged down in an hour-long conversation where getting off the phone with that person is cumbersome and awkward. But here lately, I've found that people (me included) are having full conversations through text.

Between text messaging, instant messenger and the Facebook, people can get away with hardly ever physically communicating with other people. Now admit it, thirty-minute conversations of texting, and not physically talking, can get pretty ridiculous. It may seem like a subtle way of contacting your friends or new love interest, but people are supposed to text because they are too busy to call — a one paragraph response requires much more time and effort than hitting send and opening your mouth.

Now don't get me wrong, texting definately has its place: discreet messages when you're in meetings/class, trying to find someone you know in a loud and crowded club, one-way communications, avoiding talking to a long-winded person, and of course, the 3AM booty call. Other than these reasons, having a full conversation over text is lame.

Are you a chronic texter? Do you think that texting is lame or do you think it's the next best thing since Krispy Kreme? Ladies... what do you think about guys that only send you text messages?

**Majestic music plays in background**

I PROCLAIM THAT FROM THIS DAY FORTH, I SHALL SEND NO MORE THAN 4 TEXTS TO ONE SINGLE PERSON DURING A TEXT EXCHANGE BEFORE I PICK UP THE PHONE AND PHYSICALLY CALL THEM! AND IT IS SO...

6 comments:

Andrew The Asshole said...

I think texting is great...it allows for me to communicate with more than one person and them all feel like they got a little quality convo out of me.

I have this one lady we text on a weekly basis. the relationship is going great. No long silence just an occassional text message to let each other know we are alive and well.

Andrew The Asshole said...

B - Send me a text when your free today!!!!!!!!

A Beautiful Life said...

Texting can be a good way to let someone know you are thinking about him or her or to confirm meeting times. I don't prefer text messaging conversations. I'd rather talk than text a conversation. However, a few simple lines are cool.

Gene said...

If it weren't for texting, I don't know how I'd get to talk in church.

B, if I text you more than four times you BETTA text me back!!!

Anonymous said...

It is *beyond lame* and a step backwards in terms of forms of communication.

PhilJohnson said...

Little late on commenting here but I will any way. I personally think texting is dumb as hell. My view, it's a phone, not a damn PC. Leave texting to the computer realm where it belongs. Plus texting slang is highly annoying.