SOCIAL networking and texting have a lot to answer for. I am not knocking it, infact I positively embrace the whole concept. There are however a few issues that continually crop up and one of these is the addiction factor. The other is the potentially negative impact it could have on our writing skills.
Back in the day we would receive a letter, postcard or phone call and enjoy the moment, once the receiver was placed firmly back in the handset, and the letter read and re-read a few times (depending on the content obviously) these basic but effective forms of communication were released from our grasp and we got on with our day. While we might have all been guilty of occasional ‘waiting by the phone’ antics, by and large we didn’t suffer the same level of manic addiction to communication that we do now.
Many other writers have explored the reasons why we walk through the streets with our mobiles slapped to the sides of our heads narrowly avoiding each other, lamp posts and any dog-related deposits that might take us by surprise. What I want to know is what would happen to us if all of a sudden the internet just broke down.
I worry that my children and their children are not going to be exposed to the art of letter writing. I am not too concerned about them missing out on the experience of talking on the phone, as my 14-year-old son and recent phone bill has proved that there is definitely NOT a learning gap there. However, conversations are rapidly being replaced by texts, and even I have been guilty of texting my son…while we are in the same house.
The national curriculum should include letter writing and the art of conversation, and I would like to start a global campaign to get more people doing both. I don’t mind talking on the phone, I don’t mind receiving and sending texts, but if it’s important surely it’s better to actually see someone in the flesh?
Then there’s the addiction issue. Forget drugs and alcohol, far and away the biggest addiction I am currently exposed to is an ipod touch. Thank god I can’t afford an ipad or I would never actually converse with my children. It’s bad enough already with one of them permanently attached via headphones to the ipod touch while the other plays irritating games on a DS.
The only reason I write this blog is because quite frankly, I don’t have anyone to chat to, but I am also finding myself increasingly addicted to texting. And if the grammar, spelling and punctuation is less than perfect, I get quite annoyed. As for text speak, I have actually turned down dates with men based on the fact that they wrote u instead of you, and gr8 instead of great. And then there is the emphasis and tone issue. You can’t always detect emotion of any sort via the medium of text and this I find very stressful. There is also the kiss rule. One or two x or xx? Or none at all?
Then there is sex text. WTF is that all about??!!!! 😉 lol ………