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Texting … the new phone call?

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textI don’t remember the last I’ve used my cell to call someone. Seriously, all of my friends know that I am NOT a phone person. Although they know this, some still like to call and talk for long periods of time — getting a call as I type this — I’ll call them back.

So, like I was saying, me and phones just don’t get along … to a certain degree. I’m the queen of texting. I think  I have over 4,000 sent text messages and that’s in a matter of a week. As I continue living day to day in this thing I like to call life, I’m starting to notice that texting isn’t only taking over my life, but tons of others as well. Others meaning those in their 20’s. For some reason people in their 30’s and over have this random confusion with texting, like it’s another language or something. Just push one button at a time people.

I was chatting with my girlfriend last night, and I had to pause the movie Heathers, because I couldn’t concentrate on the film AND listen to her talk at the same time; and you wonder why I love texting. Anyways, she told me about the new, wonderful guy she’s been dating and how they talk all the time. A couple weeks ago she was on her way from L.A. to Vegas, and she talked to him the entire way there … through texting. And the entire way back … through texting.

Are you a victim of a constant texting lifestyle? It’s gotten to a point where I meet guys and make it a priority to inform them that I won’t be calling, but I will text. Sometimes I wonder if I’m taken seriously by a guy since I won’t call him until we’re actually dating. Sometimes I forget how a person sounds because all we do is text.

Daters and horny people are getting too busy for phone sex and are trying sexting. How does one swap the sound of someone’s sensual voice to texting sexy messages? I know sexting has taken over the teenage world, unfortunately, but has it also taken over the lives of us 20 somethings as well?

Texting is taking over and it’s controlling relationships. Hell, I was dumped in a text message! People schedule dates, have sex, take interviews, all through the magic of texting. So what’s next? Is there another technology in the works that will replace texting? Will us 20 somethings ever pick up the phone and dial a number again? Or will we continue allowing the punch of letter after letter control our lives?

I’ll answer that after I send this text.

5 Comments

  1. professorx619

    July 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    What’s funny is that you address such a good point… it’s entirely true that texting is becoming the new … everything … and I’ve noticed that i used to hate texting because it was inconvenient (pre-qwerty keyboard phones), cost money (pre-texting plans), took forever to have a conversation with anyone. Not to mention the enjoyment i had with hearing people’s voices, intonations, laughs etc. Whereas now, I find myself texting as the main form of communication. I’ve also noticed that just on a personal level, the strength of my voice and my verbal communication ease has kind of dropped since most of the current interactions are through texting .. and online .. like it is here.

    Maybe I’ll have to buy one of those speech to text typer programs to save my voice from becoming obsolete!

  2. Porsche Simpson

    July 28, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I think you’re right professorx619
    I do in fact know a few people who are quite the texters and still have a flip phone, which seems to be soo circa 1995. Reading out loud helps keep your voice intact. I know I don’t talk much on the phone, so whenever I get a chance to hear my own voice I do, even if its talking to myself.
    I remember when the touch screen on my phone stopped working and I panicked because it meant I had to call people. I did give a few people a call, but once that awkward silence was there, I had to get off the phone.

  3. FMS

    July 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    OMG I TXT all the time 4 sure! N E 1 else th samw way? TTYL. ROTFL!

  4. Francesca

    July 29, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I am soooo thankful for texting for many reasons. Its a great way to get out of something by pre-planning your flakiness, or if you’re somewhere and can’t get on the phone to make a call.

    My personal favorite is if you are somewhere and begin a text conversation with someone else who’s there as to be secretive.. LOLz. Oh, the magic of texting and what is it doing to our society.

    But, I have one question. Is texting like AIM, or not? What if someone doesn’t reply for like 3-4 hours… Should you be offended?

  5. Porsche Simpson

    July 29, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Francesca,
    I think texting is worse than AIM. Everyone text these days and I think its definitely taken over instant messaging. If you text a guy and he doesn’t text you back within at least 5 minutes (especially if you’ve been texting eachother back and forth) then you go crazy. You start assuming things when you don’t even know the answer. Getting nervous thinking your last text may have been a mistake. I never felt that way about AIM or Yahoo-ing someone. Matter of fact, I texted my good guy friend over 2 hours ago and he still hasn’t responded. I started to assume, but moved on; there is no point in wasting your time.

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