Thursday, May 28, 2009

Text Retarded and Proud!

You are totally not going to believe me, but I have never sent a text message. Seriously! Actually, I tried to once and ended up texting myself so I gave up. I can't seem to find the letters fast enough, and it seems my clumsy fingers are too big to manage the keys properly. I often wonder how women do it with fake nails. When I actually get to witness this small miracle, I have to marvel.

Now, seriously, I have no idea how to even do it! I honestly don't see the point, really. And why is it even called "texting" -- it sounds like it shouldn't even be a word! Texting seems like just another way to cheat people out of a conversation. The more technology develops, the less human contact we get. It's really sad, I think. I got an email on my birthday last year that said, "Happy Birthday! Thinking of you!" And I remember thinking, "sure, whatever" and rolling my eyes. A nice phone call would have been nice, but then they would actually have to talk to me. Oh, dear! Heaven forbid!

Everywhere I go, I see heads hunched, eyes glued to the little devices. People can manage in every position possible: driving, bike riding, skateboarding... I even saw a guy texting while making out with his girlfriend. Now THAT takes talent!

I guess now, everyone is doing stuff right from their cell phones. Twitter is a big thing. I don't know why. I use it to advertise my blog posts so people will come over to check it out. But I am beginning to think no one really cares that much. My little daily tweet gets lost in many other tweets. Most of the people who follow me, and I in turn follow them -- I don't know why, because I don't know them -- send their messages via their cell phones. Some of them do a million a day. No, joke. I want to say, "ummm do you have a life?" But I don't want to be rude, I mean, there may be a lot of people out there who really do want to know every time they go potty, or every bite they eat. I know thousands who might want to know all about their hygiene and every time they change a diaper. I just don't get it? Can anyone explain this to me?

Back to texting. I saw a tween, no older then 11 with a cell phone the other day, texting at 100 miles an hour. Fingers moving at the speed of light, I barely saw them! Now, when did she find the time to learn how to do that? People wonder why kids are flunking out of school these days. Instead of hiding in the closet with the phone, like I did as a kid, they spend hours texting buddies. I just don't get it. And have you heard about that new study? That texting is actually causing kids to have not only bad grammar, but they can't spell, and their English is atrocious! I just don't see the appeal of it?

There is no substitute for hearing my Ben's sexy baritone voice on the phone.

I think they should teach texting etiquette. There is nothing more annoying than talking to someone, their phone beeps, they look, give a little chuckle, and respond -- all while I am trying to talk to them. Or when I am sitting in church services and the teenager in front of me is texting away to her friends. Talk about a lack of respect! And even worse when I am the one teaching the lesson! Makes me wish I wear heels. I fantasize myself a strong woman who grabs the cell phone away and crushes it under my high heel. I don't like to think about the consequences, thus it stays only a fantasy.

Do you think it could cause carpal tunnel? Maybe people will develop hunch-backs from it... Not to mention all the other unsavory things I won't go into that people are doing on cell phones these days...

As for myself, I am boycotting texting. We actually had our phones blocked. Don't get me wrong, though, I love my cell phone as much as the next gal. But I also love people! I love to talk and listen. I enjoy human contact, talking face to face. Nothing trumps a Birthday phone call and you can't text homemade cookies!

Believe it or not, I lived this long without certain technology, I think I can do it for much longer! Are you with me!!?? No? Why not? You LIKE texting? You think I am out of touch? Well, maybe I am. Oh, bother!

34 comments:

Rocksee said...

I read your tweets dude. Everyday!

And that's kinda said you don't text. I'll well over 1500 a month. I kinda have a problem :)

Kimberly said...

The scary thing about texting among teens is they can't stop. It spills over into their writing for school. When I was a high school teacher I would get written papers from kids who wrote in 'text' language with all of the abbreviations and lingo. Even after they revised it there would still be countless text words. It's almost like they don't know the difference. Scary! I'm with you, not a texter, but I also don't call too often either. I'm just not a phone person I guess :)

Practically Perfect... said...

I don't text very often, but I don't see a problem with it if it's used like email. The only person I really text to is my husband, and that's typically when I don't have access to a computer and don't want to forget something, but know that he's not going to be able to pick up his phone (he keeps it on silent during classes). So, when he checks messages or email later, he can see whatever it was I had to tell him, usually something like "Pick up milk"!

Pam said...

I'm with you! I never had texting on my phone until very recently. And then only because I have two teen age daughters and sometimes it's the best way for us to communicate. Like when they're in the bathroom at school and need to let me know they don't have any lunch money. ARGGH! Anyway, as you pointed out, they can text at the speed of light and I'm a "hunt and pecker". It takes FOREVER for me to text back - "Too bad. Have a big snack when you get home". LOL!

Annette Lyon said...

I saw a gal texting as she drove on the freeway the other day. Cute.

Texting has been convenient in a couple of instances (like if I know my husband's in a meeting and I really need to get him a message or something like that), but it's certainly not a big part of our lives, and I can't picture it ever being one!

Teri said...

I have to admit, I've started texting recently. Up until now, I have really boycotted it. It really annoys me to see two teens sitting right next to each other, texting each other rather than talking!!!!! Sitting. Right next to each other!
I have to say though, there is a convenience factor when I'm someplace where I can't talk on the phone and need to ask my husband a question. But you are right, there is nothing better than hearing his voice on the other end of the line, it makes my toes curl! :)

Tammy said...

Something we agree on! LOL. I've tried to text and it took me forevere just to get one word. Yeaterday, someone thought she was using her phone to DM her telephone number to someone, and she ended up putting it out there for everyone.

C.J. Keller, said...

Wow. Did someone just prove what you said about grammar and spelling?
I do not text either-- for the exact reasons you describe. And also, I think it encourages a type of "learned ADD" and an inflated sense of self importance. "I have a thought. May forget this one later since I have so many great thoughts. It's so important though that I will text it to you right now so you may respond, preferably immediately."
I understand that texting can have its place, but it seems in this youth and technology obsessed culture that it is very old style to even consider what that place should be.

WhisperingWriter said...

I recently started texting and to be honest, I hate it. It takes me FOREVER to send one out and the person on the other end winds up annoyed and just calls me and is all, "Um, it takes you too long to text!" I can't help it!

becca said...

I so agree with your entire post... I really think the whole texting, emailing, video gaming, tweeting, facebooking world is making kids not even know how to communicate with one another anymore. Kids don't have social grace, they can't hold a conversation, or make eye contact and I think are blantantly uncomfortable interacting. I've been at dinner parties where almost everyone is face down in their phones... fun right?

Frenzymom said...

I text with my son. It keeps us in touch and sometimes when I call him he doesn't answer but he'll answer my text???? Explain that one?? My husband doesn't like the texting either. He thinks you should just call the person. It gets you out of touch. I do text him when he goes to the store for me then he doesn't forget anything because its on his phone.

I like the texting if I don't want to be on the phone talking for a long time or if talking isn't appropriate then texting is a lot quieter. Also we have some home rules like NO texting during dinner or at the dinner table. That drives me insane and I think its rude.
The funny thing is I can't text the "lingo text" I'm too slow so I do the word text its so much easier for me so my words are spelled correctly. Which I have a pet peave about anyway. :)

Yamile said...

I'm a texter; I have been one for years and I love it. Sometimes I just want to send my husband a little message that he can get to whenever he has the time. Like I recently texted him, "Wanna catch Depeche Mode aug 25?" He replied, "Yep." I bought the tickets and that was it.
He works out of town all Summer, and I never know what he's doing when I need to talk to him, so I text him. I text directions and addresses to friends, internet links, things like that that would take forever on the phone, or that I might lose (like an address), but if it's on text I have it there in my phone for when I need it. Anyway. I luv txtng!!!!
Thanks for the great post and for stopping by my blog and the nice comments.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS! How do you text and make out?

Our Family said...

I never use texting either, although every once in a while I'll receive a text from the friends of the person who had my cell number before me. (They can't be that close of friends since it's been almost two years since I got the phone.) One texted me asking if I was going to show up at the New Year's Eve party, then went on to say they hoped they didn't end up too drunk and naked that night. :o)

The Bee said...

Yes, you are old and one day you will see the light. Txt'ing is just too conveinient. Not for birthdays calls maybe but those are rare. Most calls are not so significant. It's nice to be able to txt while in the waiting room or at your desk so everyone on earth doesn't have to listen to your conversation. Plus you can txt msg that would need to be written down (like a phone # or address) and just save the txt to your phone. As dar as the size of the button .... just go qwerty!

The Bee said...

wow I think I just single-handedly proved the spelling and grammar theories huh?

Daddy Nut said...

I think it's funny that just after we admitted to being text illiterate, we get a bunch of comments where they have included the text language. So congratulations to those of you who know the new age short hand, but for the sake of the rest of us, please translate it once you're done.

Anne Alagna said...

I text, but infrequently. A few years ago, one of the (young) girls at work showed me how to text with T9 and it was (is) much easier.

I am not into phones. I had our landline removed and we live on cellphones... but 95% of the time, mine has the ringer turned off... and my Voicemail message explains that all calls go to VM. I hate talking on the phone. I really really hate it. Probably because I can't do anything else while I talk and I get stuck on the phone (accomplishing nothing) for hours. Why can't I do anything while I talk??? 'cause I am really really good at ruining phones. Am I anti-social? Kinda. But not really. I just dont like phones. *giggle* Email me anything, though. I have something like 5 email addresses and 2 myspaces and a facebook... plus linked in... and the blog...

Lazenby Family News said...

Oh Cat! You and I should be BFF. I text and it looks like I'm swearing.

Thank you so much for the "swing-by" my blog. The only time left in my day is when my husband is on duty and I start a crazy blog at 9:30 p.m. and don't finish 'til I'm goofy at 1:00 a.m. I love my computer, but I love the journal and genealogy part. I just about hate facebook and even worse myspace. My best friend since kindergarten was having the hugest trial of her life with Breast Cancer and so I did do facebook just to support her. I think I'm going to be banned from it because my older daughter said something about how happy she was that the Supreme Court upheld the voters on Prop. 8. She got so slammed with an tirade of downright scary comments. The "Momma Bear" came out of me and I wrote three big paragraphs to come to her defense, but I wasn't cruel. It seems that the world feels free to say stuff they wouldn't dare say face to face.

Our hardest trial is that just recently my daughter-in-law found her old crush from high school and left my son. They had a Temple Marriage and four little kids. The heart-ache from this and the terrible pictures she posted were seen by our whole ward and included the young women. Everyone was pulled into it. My son is a fire captain and works long hours to just live here in California and she has taken and destroyed all that they had. We are sick with sadness.

My blog is an escape of happy times in our "compound" ranch.

Your blog is darling and your family is so completely sweet. Cherish it.

I know you'd love my dear daughters. They go to the "dang" playgroup with the "dang" babies. Which is really funny, 'cuz they started it.

Yes, I have a couple of red-headed, freckled-faced, grandsons. They are something else! And yes, we laugh constantly at their antics. My Larin and Marnie both have computer problems right now but cruise by their blogs: http://knappycrew.blogspot.com/
http://jenkinsfamilypost.blogspot.com/
http://lifewithjane.blogspot.com/
The last one is my Bree in Arkansas and I miss her so much. I have 6 children and all are girls except one.

I've written way too much! You are an angel! lymi Susan

Otter Thomas said...

You are so right about the way technology is decreasing human contact. I know how to text but we turned our texting off. It saves money and the whole thing is certainly less than a necessity anyway.

Maricris Zen Mama said...

Aren't you glad you don't live in Asia? LOL you'll go nuts! Texting is such a big means of communications there, voice calls are basically an antiquity! You go girl! Keep the tradition going!

Samantha said...

My 13 year old brother got a cell phone for Christmas 2 years ago. He had the phone for only a week, when all of the sudden it blew up. I'm talking smoke, sparks, everything. I really think it was from all of the texting he does. Since then he's had 10 phones, and all of them have had some sort of internal dysfunction. I blame it on the texting.

Don't get me wrong, I text more than I call, but I maybe send out 15 texts a day & that's too my hubby while he's at work. :D

Breeze said...

I have only done it a few times, and to that --it's only been texting my husband's phone. I hate texting. I need the entire keyboard please, and if you have to "text" why not just email them from your computer at home. Right?? And besides it's just another way to prove the "impatience" level of people these days. Everyone wants things right now... and texting seems so pointless to me.

Jenna said...

Thanks for the Add Cat!

I am in full agreement about Texting being the downfall of the English language.

Though I am very guilty of sending texts...but only when I know I need to tell/ask the person something and understand that they don't want to be bothered by a phone call at that particular time.

By the way, your kids are ADORABLE!!

Tera said...

I was anti-texting until I worked with youth (Young Women's President) at my church. When girls didn't show up for activities or church lessons, it was the only way to contact them. Funny. I would call their cell phones, and they wouldn't answer, but when I sent a text, they answered immediately.

I finally decided that I would rather be aware of what kids were doing to stay "in the loop" as it were. Otherwise, the kids act like I can't possibly understand them because I live in a different world.

Lastly, while my husband is away (Army officer) he can't talk on the phone when he has down time, but he can text. It's so nice to have a way to stay in touch during the day. I am super grateful for technology. :)

C.J. Keller, said...

Hey Cat, I hope you won't mind that I wrote about your blog on my blog. I just love your posts! I try to focus on the positives and simple pleasures of daily life and I provide links to many sites that do the same. It's just a teeny weeny little blog that hasn't found many followers yet, but at least I can say I "knew" you before you were a famous advice columnist.

Marie said...

I don't have a cell right now bc I can't afford it... but when I did I had 5000 txt a month which was like an extra 20 bucks from verizon. I never used my minutes though bc I was always txting. I miss it. Except drunk txting.

Amy said...

I don't text much... but I can see how it is useful. Sometimes when my husband is at school or work, I send a text so that he will get it when he is out of class or whatnot. I am also not a big phone person. I rarely call anyone, to be honest. I like to keep in touch with emails and the computer. With my kids around, having a nice chat on the phone is next to impossible. I don't do a lot of texting, but I do email... and I think they are pretty much the same thing. Email just doesn't cost as much as the texting does! :)

NYC Mama said...

As for your question about Carpal Tunnel -- I read an article in the NY Times about people getting "Carpal Thumb" from texting and sending emails on their Blackberrys and other PDAs. NO joke -- I'm not even making that up!

Jill said...

I have never really gotten the texting thing either. However, I have seen those kids' fingers move at the speed of lightening! It's crazy. I usually send texts from online. I know that sounds weird. Mostly because we only have 1 cell phone and not 2. So if I need to send a message but not disturb my husband, I'll just send a quick text via my provider's website.

I COMPLETELY agree with you that technology has made it so we don't interact with each other as much. For instance, the pay at the pump is one of the best things ever! However, since you don't go in to the convenience store to pay, you have even further secured your isolation. I love chatting online with my family from far away. However, I always laugh and think "Why don't we just pick up the phone!?"

You've hit a nerve on this one Cat! However, I'll clue you in on why it is called texting. Words are text. So you're typing text to send a message to others. Hence... texting..... :)

Shannon said...

Cat, I must say you have a point but....I just entered the world of texting about 1 year ago & I think it's great. I don't know all the texting lingo but who cares. Sometimes I just need to ask a quick question & do not want to be on the phone for a long time & I LOVE to talk. As for the kids in school, they need to redo the work. Period!! They need to be taught that it's not acceptable to write essays that way. As for in Church.....I work with the girls & I'm not afraid to make them turn their cell phones over to me until times up. Respect needs to be taught & learned even if they think we are "soooo mean". Don't Twitter but I blog & Facebook. Hate Myspace (It's evil)!! I prefer getting together in person. Oh, once I got a cell phone with a full keyboard that I could type my words out on, my texting life became so much easier. I think my husband would die if he couldn't text. Um...how old are we. Anyway, it's not so bad. To each his own.

Lazenby Family News said...

you saw my daughter! I love you!

Guilty Mother said...

Hey Cat, it's easy I guess, the kids can't interrupt and I can do it on the loo. My phone is really antiquated though, you couldn't buy it even if you wanted to, it has an Eeyore cover and I love it. My kids won't be getting one though, not til they're in their late teens if I have anything to do with it. In response to your carpel tunnel query, they are discovering cases of RSI. Do you have that term in the states? It stands for Repetitive Strain Injury. Like you I love to hear my hubbies voice on the phone, beats a text anyday :)

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

hi Mama Nut! Stopping by from SITS to see if you can be cheered up! Hope today starts to get a little better. So here's some big hugs and a fantastic smile from me coming your way! =)

Also, did you hear about the teen girl who sent/recieved 300K texts in ONE MONTH?! Her mother sais she was thankful that she had the unlimited texting plan. Uh... I would think so. But shouldn't she be doing something other then texting? My word.