3.16.2009

Does text messaging impact our in person socialization and writing skills?

Written by Jesse Muhammad

If you're a cell phone addict, you probably won't be able to read this blog post all the way through without responding to a text message from someone at the same time. That's why you're smiling now.

But seriously, I was recently told by a friend of mine that he canceled his text messaging plan on his cell phone for the next 30 days because he felt it has impacted his natural ability to dialogue with people in person, impacted his attention span and caused him to stop doing things like calling people frequently and writing properly.

So he's going on a 30-day Texting Fast. That's a new one, huh?

He said he got so addicted to texting in abbreviations to so many people that he started noticing that he was more interactive with them through the cell phone than when he saw them in person. So the conversation in person would be short and not as "engaging" as the text messaging.

Then he said he got to the point that he stop making personal calls, even to family members, and even limited them to just text messages. He stop answering their calls and even mentally put certain people on the TEXT ONLY list and pressed ignore on his Treo. Do you have one of those list?

Just like others attribute to the PC, he said he found that his attention span began to decrease. He didn't enjoy long conversations with people and when he attended social events he wasn't as interactive as normal but instead would be texting people the whole time on his cell phone....even people in the same room with him instead of going up to talk to them! Have you ever done that?

Lastly, my friend said he has a gift for writing but feels that doing all of those short dialogues via text messaging started impacting his "writing groove and grammatical harmony" as he put it. So he is going to see what happens over this next 30 days.

Question: Can you relate to my friend or do you think it is far fetched? Could you go 30 days without text messaging?



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10 comments:

  1. LOL!!!! This is funny because this is me all day. Tell you friend good luck but I'm too addicted to fast. Good one brother Jesse!

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  2. Man, that's deep because I have been experience these things.

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  3. good post brother j!

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  4. LOL...I agree this is me all day. Boy, I can't imagine going 30 days without texting! Good luck to your friend

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  5. Awesome post...I can relate.

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  6. I am LOL as well...this is a very good article Brother Jesse. Something to think about. I am not ADDICTED to texting but I do it alot...guess that's the same thing, huh?

    Keep up the good work!

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  7. ASA, I guess people are more in tune than we think. I just told Sis. Mahasin on yesterday, that I was going to tell everyone that I would not be responding to text messages anymore unless they were group instructions. I believe, as I told her, that texting has depersonalized relationships and it is the new way of saying I have something to say but I don't want to talk to you!. In fact, I believe this is the price of all new technology, including emailing!!!
    Sis. Sherriel - Houston, TX

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  8. Peace! I sure can go 30 days without txting, but I would probably replace it with some other form, like only chatting with them via instant messaging lol.

    Check out this poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO_37ZFKUmM

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  9. You are absolutely right! I would never respond to text messaging. At first it was because I had to pay for each text, then I was able to receive them for free and I started noticing how people would chop up words, like "thkx", or "r u" and I thought Wow, we are dumming ourselves down through the text messages. Then I thought about real communication, if you ask me a question/send instructions through a text,it would be easier for me to not respond to or refuse the text because I have no one to talk to. No one to tell why I can't or what kind of difficulty I'm going through or what kind of day I am having, or just a friendly voice to convince me to "get up and follow those instructions soldier!" I'm with Sis. Sherriel. Let us strive to stay away from this text messaging AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!
    Peace,
    Bro.Linton Muhammad

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  10. I dunno... I think short-form communications are filtering out the "idle-talk" "small-talk" from more substantive conversations that people are still going to have. By getting all the "tweets" / "Txts" out of the way, when we DO see people or interact with them more substantively, our conversations are more meaningful and substantive. Rather than shorting or abridging our communication skills, it's forcing us to REALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY when we do speak.

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