It’s in the text, says stu­dent writer

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Tex­ting has be­come such a com­mon oc­cur­rence that it is nearly im­pos­si­ble to go any­where with­out see­ing some­one typ­ing a mes­sage on their cell­phone. This so­cial phe­nom­e­non, while most promi­nently pop­u­lar among teenagers, has also reached adults; and even chil­dren, chang­ing the world of com­mu­ni­ca­tion as we know it.

“Can I have your num­ber?” has taken on a whole new mean­ing in re­cent years. Back when call­ing some­body was the only op­tion, giv­ing out one’s phone num­ber was per­haps more sig­nif­i­cant than now, when a per­son just punches their num­ber into an­other’s phone with­out much thought.

Phone num­bers have be­come much more im­per­sonal since tex­ting has in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity. A phone num­ber is now on the same level as one’s e-mail ad­dress: just an­other source of writ­ten mes­sages. This seems to con­tra­dict the idea of a phone num­ber; through which, orig­i­nally, the idea was to have a spo­ken con­ver­sa­tion be­tween two peo­ple who are in dif­fer­ent places.

Lately, tex­ting has be­come an in­creas­ing prob­lem. Stu­dents who text in school can­not fo­cus on their work be­cause they are more con­cerned about what their friends have to say. Warn­ings in the movie the­atres and other pub­lic places where the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence is in­tended ex­press the idea that tex­ting can be dis­re­spect­ful at the wrong times.

What would you think if you were try­ing to have a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one, and sud­denly they pulled out their phone and started that their phone never leaves their sight, not even when us­ing a cell phone to send text mes­sages is prob­a­bly not the best idea at the time.

Tex­ting is one of the eas­i­est, most com­fort­able, and most con­ve­nient ways to keep in con­tact with any­one who also sends these types of mes­sages. How­ever, as with any­thing, there’s also the prob­a­bil­ity of re­ly­ing too heav­ily on this re­source.

Hav­ing a cell­phone nearby is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing. When the vir­tual mes­sages come above the pri­or­i­ties of real life, the real prob­lem en­sues, but as long as it is done in suf­fi­cient mod­er­a­tion, tex­ting is one of the best ways to com­mu­ni­cate with friends and fam­ily.

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