It’s in the text, says student writer
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.