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Is Texting Out of Control

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.

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  1. smokychristine

    On January 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm


    To me this is frightening because if there are to be healthy relationships and marriages, there is a need to communicate effectively.

  2. RBB1010

    On January 26, 2013 at 12:09 am


    I hadn’t thought about this, but it seems it could be a real problem, leaves one to wonder about the future. Good share, thanks.

  3. Shirley Shuler

    On January 26, 2013 at 12:31 am


    It’s really sad Ruby, when texting is replacing actual conversations, and as for conversation being a lost art of the future, I fear you may be onto something.

  4. realityspeaks

    On January 26, 2013 at 2:30 am


    Wonderful post. Yes texting has taken over. It seems the preferred medium and that’s scary.

  5. girishpuri

    On January 26, 2013 at 3:32 am


    A thought provoking post

  6. Rezaul Karim2

    On January 26, 2013 at 5:42 am


    Well written and interesting too.

  7. Lynn Proctor

    On January 26, 2013 at 9:55 am


    More and more of my conversations are happening (by default) through emails. I don’t have a cell phone, so can’t text. I also notice that people are having a harder time looking me in the eye, and when they do try to have a conversation (such as it is), voices are flat, and focus is limited. It seems people just “aren’t home” much. If you ask them if they are listening, they say they are, but they are looking at their watch, at their cell phone, over my shoulder or fiddling with something else. I heard on NPR (I think – I don’t know, I was fiddling) that all this computer and texting is “rewiring our brain’s circuits.” That the input and response channels are getting more developed, turning our brains into more of a computer model. I believe this. So, how does one talk to a computer? Fast, and in as few words as possible, I guess. Thanks for the article.

  8. jennifer eiffel01

    On January 26, 2013 at 10:19 am


    i hear on the radio that the talk show hosts say they haveseen children text each other in the same room! i do not have a cell phone so i do not text. But every time my family gets together all my cousins and their spouses are busy texting or looking at their smart phones. Once inawhile it might be necessary becausethis teenwho is ourfriend calledto tell somebodygot shot inmy townduring our Christmas Eve party, so my cousin lookeditup onher phone. thaticouldseebut not the others.

  9. jennifer eiffel01

    On January 26, 2013 at 10:20 am


    i hear on the radio that the talk show hosts say they haveseen children text each other in the same room! i do not have a cell phone so i do not text. But every time my family gets together all my cousins and their spouses are busy texting or looking at their smart phones. Once inawhile it might be necessary becausethis teenwho is ourfriend calledto tell somebodygot shot inmy townduring our Christmas Eve party, so my cousin lookeditup onher phone. thaticouldseebut not the others.

  10. afaceristonline

    On January 26, 2013 at 10:24 am


    very interesting post .thanks for share

  11. norlaw

    On January 26, 2013 at 10:31 am


    Great article and so true.

  12. Molly Girl 822

    On January 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm


    In Middle School, my students had to keep their phones in their lockers. They never did. They would find the best places to hide those things on their person. If I saw one in use, I had confiscate the phone and return it at the end of the school day. It was really hard to watch for phones and teach at the same time. On FB, a lot of my former students are posting pictures of their high school classrooms with their friends posing in the pictures.
    They were always texting in class. I would look at a confiscated phone, and it was loaded with messages from students in other classrooms.

  13. PaulB

    On January 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm


    Not sure what I think of this. Better PM you.

    Only joking. Most valid article, especially now these mobiles link readily into Facebook etc.

    I often worry when driving and so many pedestrians have heads bowed over their phones, not looking where they are going…

  14. Tiki33

    On January 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm


    I have found that I could reach more people by text than by calling. It’s a sad reality.

  15. Moses Ingram

    On January 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm


    I think that it is getting out of control. It scare me most to see people texting while driving. Blessings.

  16. Moses Ingram

    On January 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm


    I think that it is getting out of control. It scare me most to see people texting while driving. Blessings.

  17. lovebytes

    On January 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm


    Texting is getting out of hand. You’re right all that time people are wasting texting and reading could be invested in something much more productive.

  18. Hettie

    On January 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm


    I think there is a time and place for txting ,not during school,driving, walking, Seeing a person face to face is far better than a txt. What if the power gose off for days and the phone etc can’t be recharged all those people would be lost.Sometimes I like snail mail better than email or TXting. Thanks for the article. :)

  19. Netty net

    On February 2, 2013 at 10:50 am


    I haven’t giving it much thought,

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