When I received my first mobile phone at the age of sixteen, I had to beg my mom to let me add text messaging to the family plan so we would have the ability of texting. Now, eight years later, I am constantly conversing with my begrudging mother via text messages alone.
A factor that many concerned parents have with text messaging is the thought of their children texting while driving their cars. Well, now moms everywhere can sleep easy knowing that their children can start using the hands-free and text-to-speech options on their mobile devices. No longer does a person need to use their hands to type out a message on the device. An entire conversation can be created via word of mouth, which is then translated into written word and sent from your device to the receiving party. It seems as though people would rather talk to the phone directly and have it send the message rather than just picking up the device and talk to an actual human being on the other end.
People are more connected to their mobile devices than ever!
While babysitting a four year old, her mom was getting ready to leave the house for a business meeting and the little girl asked her mom if she could text Grandma and say hi for her. Texting Grandma?! This would have been an inconceivable thought when I was this little girls age.
The world has come a very long way from rotary phones to cell phones; cell phones that are rarely used to talk on. Is it that we as modern human beings have become so connected to our devices that the thought of actually talking into a phone (what they were originally made for) is so outlandish and unappealing, that we would rather just tell our phones what to type for us and send it off so impersonally?
Ontop of everything else the phone can do for us in terms of texting, now it has its own language too! The number of times I have had to do an internet search in order to figure out what someone was saying in the messages they have sent me is countless! LOL, SMH, BTW, TTYL, and IDK, are just a few of the acronyms that have come to infest my text message inbox. Are these words and phrases shortened because we are in such a hurry that typing out "I don't know" would take far too long and throw our whole busy day off of schedule, or simply due to our own laziness?
Whatever the reason may be, texting is just down right fun and addicting. Whether you are sending out a quick "hi" to an old friend, or sending out a forwarded message attached to your entire inbox list, text messaging can get the job done quickly, efficiently, and with ease so that you can keep up with the rest of your life.
Dont worry, if a grandma can learn to text her four year old granddaughter just to say "hi", then so can you, and maybe even in a text-to-speech way!
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