Texting over Talking

United States
December 28, 2008 6:10pm CST
I am a victim. I tend to text people messages that take me a minute or two to type and only 5 seconds to say. However, i cant get myself to stop texting. I also realized i am not the only one. Many people spend minutes texting long stories to people when they can simply make the call and say it in like 30 seconds. Why do we text over talk to people?
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9 responses
• Japan
29 Dec 08
I can't text, I have tried many times but it seems to take forever to send a few words. But I do prefer to send emails than to phone. Basically I like having a record of what was said, especially when doing buisness. Jacks
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• United States
29 Dec 08
yeah i was horrible at texting with a normal cell phone, I would only send one more messages because i didn't want to spend another 5 minutes trying to put together another word. So,i went and got a phone with a fully keyboard in it lol. Although i was able to type faster, i became an addict lol :)
@wheel416 (1019)
• Canada
29 Dec 08
You raise a very good point dreamjapan, that may help me to tone down my irritations with cell phones and computers. I absolutely agree with you, that the benefit of e-mailing ETC. is that you do have a written record later, should a conflict arise. Happy Mylotting!
@wheel416 (1019)
• Canada
29 Dec 08
Hi there Lakers and welcome to Mylot. Quite honestly, you and your posting are one of my greatest pet peeves about technology. Don't worry though I won't yell at you for too long. I hate e-mail, texting, and instant messaging. It just seems so impersonal to me, I would much rather pick up the phone and hear your voice and or here confirmation that you got my message and, rather than and e-mail or a text. As others have already pointed out the pro for texting is that you do not have to engage in conversation, that is also the Con to texting. Many people hide behind their computer screens or cell phones so often that they no longer want to have face to face communication. Perhaps in the end they even become less comfortable with talking to people and so begin emailing and texting more often, thus resulting in a vicious cycle. If I am to get on my soapbox now, I believe that the world would be a much better place if we stopped relying on technology to communicate and actually sat around a kitchen table more often. I think if we had dinner with our family every evening we could solve a lot of the problems that are happening in the United States and Canada right now. Okay now I'll step off the soapbox again, welcome to Mylot and happy posting!
• United States
29 Dec 08
Yeah, i agree with you on some points. Not engaging in direct conversation with someone can appear to separate people, however in most cases you don't need to call someone to answer a simple question a person has. I agree that some problems can be solved if parents could engage in more verbal communication with their children, however, texting doesn't mean that the family will be sitting at separate rooms and will text each other for water and silverware. Those problems are on the parents and not the phones. Thanks for the response
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@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
29 Dec 08
Hi, welcome to mylot lakers, I think sometimes people aren't in the mood to talk so with a text message you can read it when you want and answer it when you feel like it. When my brother goes to work he works the midnight shift and it's slow for him, he can't really talk because of the noise with some machines so we text a lot. I have a friend who is never in the mood to talk but will send text messages, I'd rather get a text message than a cranky call.
• United States
29 Dec 08
thanks and yeah you make a good point lol
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@dpk262006 (55919)
• Delhi, India
25 Feb 09
I just love text messaging and it conveys a lot than talking, I feel. If I receive a text message, I normally give me response to the sender by conveying my thanks or else I send him/her a return message to acknowledge to let him/her know that I've appreciated his/her message. I love sending SMSs and as and when I receive some lovely ones, I forward it to my near and dear ones, of course with slight modification. I find it is a great fun to exchange messages. I many a times extend my wishes on Birthdays etc. through text message, very early in the morning,instead of calling him/her, this way I feel that I do not disturb the fellow in the morning, unnecessarily.
• United States
29 Dec 08
Texting is easier to do when you're busy like in a meeting or something when calling someone isn't possible. Plus, it's easier to write something to someone instead of calling them. It's hard to say somethings in person or over the phone but writing them tends to be easier I think.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I don't anymore. I'm not really text saavy and can't do it half as fast as others. By the time I'm almost through, I re-read it and find spelling or gramatical mistakes which take more time to go back and fix. If I have something to say, I'll dial, it's a lot faster and lot more personal. That's a good resolution though for the new year!
@dinxcarin (595)
• Singapore
29 Dec 08
I look at myself as more of a texter. I prefer texting than a call because I can express more of my thoughts in words than talking casually. Plus, it can save you some bills compared to voice calls too.
• United States
29 Dec 08
The nice thing about texting is it cheaper than calling. Also, we can remind somebody again and again about something we want to stress out because the words texted will never vanish not unless deleted. I sometimes like to text but when I get so tired of texting I call my friend whom I am texting and talk to her instead. I texted more before but since I don't have friends here as much as I have had in the Philippines my thumb has rested a bit from texting.;-)
@funnysis (2619)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I think that some people actually feel more comfortable texting rather then talking in todays world of technology everyone seems to want to keep up,I do not even have a desire to have a cell phone so I have to pretty much call and tell them what I want to say the old fashioned way which is good I can tell rather loved ones are actually doing ok by hearing the voices rather then a text message,but this is just my thoughts on it.Have a great day.