Is texting getting out of hand. Some teachers believe it is. They say students have a hard time having a one on one conversation. They prefer impersonal texts for communication. Some teachers say texting is getting out of control and it’s preventing students from learning the basics of conversation.
People today are becoming more inclined to text than call, and it isn’t always young people. Some would argue that it’s no big deal, but are we losing our ability to have a traditional one on one conversation? It certainly doesn’t help a young person who is entering adulthood and is expected to meet people and carry on a conversation. In the real world we need the ability to talk to people. Young folks need to be able to apply for scholarships, do job interviews and do all the normal things that are required in the course of living.
According to information in the Associated Press, Teachers are worried about the harm texting is doing to students. Janet Sternberg, a professor of communications at Fordham University in New York says she’s noticed that more students don’t look her in the eye and have trouble with a personal conversation. She believes it will not serve them well when they enter the world of business. She fears that the constant barrage of texts interferes with young peoples ability to hold basic conversations.
Renee Houston, an associate professor of communications at the University of Puget Sound in Washington state says her students never, ever call. She rarely see students outside of class and she doesn’t take texts so they email if they have a question. Conversation is an art that’s becoming as valuable as good writing in some circles.
In the mean time texting and reading text messages takes up valuable time that could be better spent. It’s not unusual for someone to receive a hundred texts a day. Youngsters in the same house send messages by text rather than speaking. One mother, Christine Wright said she refused to let her children text in the house. She insists if they need to contact anyone they call or see that person face to face.
I know that everywhere I go, people are texting, in parks,on the streets, in restaurants, and even in theaters. It’s a epidemic. I wonder if it will wear off and be forgotten. Or will we continue until we do forget how to talk to our friends and acquaintances. Conversation may be a lost art to people of the future. Will they have need of speech with computers, Iphones and all the technology? It would be interesting to see.