I have friends who hate the concept of texting. Their attitude is: "If you want to talk to me, call me." Personally I feel that texting is less intrusive than phoning. If it's a bad time, the person doesn't feel obligated to talk to you, but can reply when it's more convenient.
I have also heard several friends say that writing and mailing a letter is much more thoughtful than sending off an email. Personally, I love the convenience of email. I still feel that sending a greeting card via mail is better than sending an e-card, but I do send e-cards. I like knowing that email and e-cards will be delivered immediately.
I'm all for email, Cindy. It's much more convenient than sending a letter through the postal system.
What I don't like is texting, though. I just never saw the charm, so I'm with some of your friends on this. My thoughts have always been, why bother texting when you can just dial the number and talk? I also don't at all like the way most texts read, such as C U L8TR, GR8, or LOL.
Tom, I'm with you on hating "text-eez!" My texts read like an email, with everything spelled out and proper punctuation--Guess it's the English teacher in me!
A gal after my own heart! Even in emails, I spell out words and use correct punctuation. Thanks Cindy.
I feel that texts are just personal comments not communications. Who cares if you chicken picatta was not picatta enough LOL.Texting, however, does have some power in public protest demonstrations and it seems to be helping to change the world.
Email can be communication if the writer take the time. Unfortunately, most people don't. Many times I have had someone answer on one point I have made and ignore the others creating misunderstandings so it may take several emails to confirm anything.
Phone calls, however, have all the elements needed to communicate including voice tone, pauses, humor and emotion. Phone calls allow both parties the chance to work within the subtleties of communication and more fully understand each others ideas in less time.
Phone and snail mail say "I care"... email and and text say "I want answers!" :)
Letter writing (that lost art) beats all technology, because to recieve a letter is to recieve a gift. "Pen-pal-ing" (as often done here on CB) is a beautiful thing -- not so different than letter-writing -- builds intimacy, friendship, trust, education... all things good. Phoning -- at least you recieve the gift of sound -- of voice.
but above telephone and all the rest (what's "snail"-- don't even know!) -- nothing beats face-to-face. nothing at all. That's real warmth.
Texting is cold.
Lucinda, I would rather talk with someone, face to face, on the phone, through letters or e-mail and, if desperate, texting. I do not like the abreviated language. Things need to be said clearly and that takes language not symbols/jargon.
I tend to write tomes at times in an email, volumes dredged up from the bottom of the cesspool of my mind that I just must share with someone. Don't know what that is all about. Hate handwriting. Just hate it. Too slow. DIrect from the mind to the keyboard - an instant connection, the fingers keep up with the thoughts as fast as they occur. The keyboards on cell phones are too tiny for my fat fingers to do any justice to literacy. I am amazed at how fast the young people can text type without looking, they have the whole key board memorized and do it with their thumbs mostly. But then most things I can't do amaze me! :) I'm beginning to find speaking on the phone an intrusion into my time and space.
Your mind is not a cesspool. It is a collection place for thoughts and feelings that require time to homogenize. Remember Rilke:
"I beg you...to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
I just heard Glenn, in fleeting -- "ask questions of the questions." This is how we grow.
I'm with you about ecards! If I had to go anywhere, even the grocery store and look for a card while I was ther, I would never get the card. Or if I did, it would be mailed lae and I would feel like I was letting the cardee down. This is the story of my life with remembering b-days, etc. So, I send ecards, I feel as if I am at least acknowledging them, and I send pretty cards from Jacquie Lawson.
I use email all the time, but rarely actually write a letter. See above.
I don't text. Don't really want to. If someone wants to speak to me they can call, and so can I!