Very controversial. In fact, I’ll probably offend 80% of the teenage population in America. You have been warned.
Let’s talk about texting! We shall start with some statistics.
- People can get addicted to texting. There was a study in Maryland; they had 200 students go without texting/social media for 24 hours (that’s only one day) and many of them experienced withdrawal, anxiety, and difficulty functioning.
Well, that’s pleasant. And scary. A bit scary.
- It could lead to permanent damage to the thumbs and neck. And musculoskeletal disorders.
Nice. How nice.
- People are more comfortable texting than having an actual conversation.
To me, this is crazy. What about expression? What about sarcasm? I hate not being able to convey expression. I don’t even like writing stories. I write TV shows and movies. I’m always thinking about how people will read what I write on this blog. Will they emphasize the same words I emphasize? And what about facial expressions? Maybe this is an actress thing, but I need to convey facial expression. What if I say something funny. You can’t hear laughing through a text. That is bothersome.
I have tried to have a conversation with someone while they are texting. I found it rather offensive. That I was actually standing their talking to this person, and they could not have the courtesy to look at me and talk. I am no longer friends with this person.
So, basically I’m saying that, in 20 years, I’ll be one of the only ones without thumb and neck problems. Plus I’ll have a longer attention span and better social skills. I hope I can go to a high school reunion someday.