People are constantly arguing that no one talks face-to-face anymore, what with texting, instant messaging, and social networking sites. Is technology creating a separation between friends and family members?
Some people may say that Facebook actually helps them keep in touch with old friends. Someone may pop up on their news feed and they will realize that they haven’t talked to said person in a while, prompting a nice “hey, how’s it going?” wall post. Even if the two people live in the same city, though, it rarely leads to a get-together.
Now texting. Oh, the controversy. When faced with the question, “Why text when you can call?” many people are stumped. The obvious reasons are when people are in school. We are all fully aware that it happens even though it is against the rules. It’s something to do that isn’t disruptive when bored in the middle of class. Going along with this theme of silence, texting is the common form of communication when people are in public places or with family. It is easy to be physically present without being mentally present when texting.
Other than that, what is there? Why is it so difficult for people to pick up the phone when they have questions for others or want to make plans to spend time together? Some may say that they don’t feel comfortable calling people on the phone, which is completely normal. Many people just use that as an excuse because they don’t have a legitimate answer to the question.
Texting has become the norm. That’s all there is to it. It is simply easier to text someone and then go along with your business until said person responds. With texting, you don’t have to worry about the person not answering his or her phone and then having to call back. There is no need for small talk at the beginning and end of the conversation. Once the goal of the conversation has been achieved, it ends.
This form of communication has arguably ruined the aspect of a face-to-face discussion. People finally meet up, and then don’t know how to converse with each other. Also, texting and chatting doesn’t allow for registration of facial expressions and voice fluctuations. Many people get into fights with their friends because of a misinterpretation of a phrase.
Maybe the world would be better off if everyone just literally talked to one another.