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Monday, January 23, 2006

Text-messaging: I don't get it.

I will admit it. I haven't quite figured out the new generation's fascination with text-messaging. Listening to my 21 year-old daughter's cell phone beep and knowing that she just paid $.07 to read the message "Whassup?" or it's equivalent, seems silly to me.

However, the NY Times says this is what's behind it:

This may be the universal attraction of text-messaging, in fact: it's a kind of avoidance mechanism that preserves the feeling of communication - the immediacy - without, for the most part, the burden of actual intimacy or substance.



Anonymous said...

As a younger teacher, I have to admit that I too am addicted to text messaging. However, my husband and I each pay $5 per month and have unlimited text messaging and picture messaging (and a cute child that we take pictures of, so it is a deal). The text messaging is handy when a phone call is not the most convenient form of communication or when I need to tell him something, but when he gets around to it.

Anonymous said...

Our family has texting as part of our "calling plan" with Verizon, so it doesn't cost as much. I prefer "normal" phone conversations, but there are times when I have poor service and am able to text when a regular call won't go through. I do prefer sending/recieving a text over the option of voice-mail - it seems more convenient. The biggest struggles I have with it are trying to de-code the shortened messages that my teenagers send and people who text while driving.

Anonymous said...

It seems as if every generation develops a kind of slang language that their parents kind of understand, but don't really "get." I know that when I was a teenager, we used some pretty far out groovy slang. Can you dig it?

Perhaps the fact that some of us, ahem, "older" people don't get texting is what makes it attractive to our kids.

Dr. Mark J. Stock said...

Your comment regarding slang seems right on target.

Every generation has to have something new and trendy that differentiates them from the previous generation.

Funny though isn't it when you hear the song being played in the elevator that sent your parents through the roof!!