Texting has become a very popular hobby in our lives today. There has been a 514 percent increase of texting over the past four years. Texting is used so obsessively, it has started to replace phone calls and face to face conversations. In face, in American, over 75 billion text messages are sent per month. So let’s see how big of an issue texting is, analyze the ways it is impacting our society, and find solutions to this ever-growing problem.
In today’s world, everyone is busy. We cannot deny this. So in our industrialized and technologically advanced world, people are persistently looking for new ways to do things easier and faster. This is where texting comes into play. Text messages are sent instantaneously, and it doesn’t take much to make one. A few presses on your keypad and your done. Also, there is a limited amount of words per message, so people are constantly shortening their message by abbreviating phrases and using incorrect grammar. This may make communication easier and faster, but not necessarily better. The messages can be easily interpreted, or not fully understood, as there isn’t a tone behind the words. Another reason why texting is so big is because companies are always promoting texting in some kind of way. The most common method is to offer texting plans, which can give you discounts on your bills. Without texting plans, texting can be really costly, because the costs can eventually accumulate to be quite high.
Now let’s see how this issue is affecting the people of today. Cell phones have always been important in this generation. They were created to promote verbal communication between people, especially over long distances. But now, instead of having deep, meaningful conversations over the phone, people are just getting everything out via text messaging. People may not realize this, but the more they rely on texting to keep in touch, the more they start to drift apart. Also, texting makes lying and dishonesty a goal easily accomplished. You could probably lie throughout a whole conversation, and the person at the other end wouldn’t be able to tell, because they can’t hear your voice or see your facial expressions. But this isn’t what communication should be like. “Text messaging has made us a very impersonal society today,” says Rick Pukis, Associate Professor of Education at Augusta State University. “They aren’t communicating, not using facial expressions, like smiling, so when they get back in a situation where they’re talking to someone, they don’t smile.”
Lastly, let’s look for solutions to this problem. People should limit the amount of text messages they are sending and receiving. Parent’s should limit the texting going on in their house, as they are typically the ones paying the bills. The easiest way to accomplish this is by not purchasing a texting plan at all. Texting may be fun, fast, and easy, but the harms cannot be avoided. So if we limit our budget, then we may be able to limit our excessive texting. Once people realize that they cannot text without using up a bunch of money, they will be forced to choose money over satisfying their texting appetite. But you don’t have to completely ban all use of texting. You can still limit yourself to a few per month, just nothing too high. Plenty of people text for means other than to socialize, and that’s perfectly fine. Just make sure nothing get’s out of hand. But always remember that there are other ways to communicate other than through texting. You can always call your friends (just don’t use up too many minutes). There’s the option of updating them with e-mails, since those are typically longer and you can put more feeling into them. But remember that you should always find time to talk to them face-to-face, as that seems to be the best kind of communication there is. It may seem pretty painful at first, not being able to text, but in the long run, you’ll be able to see the difference. There was actually an incident a few decades ago where a large part of a town turned off their televisions for a whole summer. The town actually grew closer together, because they were able to communicate better. Maybe if we limit our use of texting, then we can relearn to communicate once again.