Technological improvements make long distance communication easier than ever before. An advantage of texting is that it allows people to send short messages to anyone in any part of the world. Another advantage of texting is picture messaging which is a service that allows people to capture and share valuable moments. Texting is also a major distraction for teenagers, and it can affect important tasks such as driving. A large number of teenagers die while texting and driving at the same time. While texting contains many advantages such as easier communication, texting can be very addicting, compelling the user to respond regardless of the task at hand.
The first advantage of Short Messaging Services (SMS) is that it can send text or picture messages, and they can be read at any time interval after reading them. Reading a text message is a lot simpler than listening to a voicemail. Unlike phone calls, SMSs allow someone to completely escape from an unwanted conversation and restart it at another time. The idea that a conversation can start and end at any given time gives the user so much more freedom. People can text during activities that would be inconvenient to do otherwise such as concerts, football games, or libraries.
As well as SMS not having a time constraint, SMS also allows a sense of confidentiality and ease of conscience. From personal experience, texting or writing is a lot easier to talk about problems than it is to talk about them to a stranger. A school nurse put her phone number up at school to talk to students about anything. She received a total of 245 text messages with 45 ending up with meeting the students them face-to-face. More than half of these text messages were related to sexual questions a...
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Texting however keeps people at arm’s length and prevents relationships from getting past a certain level of rapport. Text messages help people create distance between them and another person. This distance can lead to many things, like lost friendship. Friendships can be lost in text messages because of tone. I was texting my sister one day, who types in all capital letters, and finally halfway through the conversation I asked her why she was yelling at me, because that is how I was reading them, as me being yelled at. When she responded she was very confused, and told me that she didn’t realize that she had been yelling at me and was sorry. This can happen to anybody. People can confuse tone in text messages, and that can lead to one person arguing with someone who has no idea that they are in a fight. Text messages are also used by people to purposely keep others away from them, and by some it is used to hide. Alice G Walton, a science journalist with a Ph.D. in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience says, “People like to text because the message gives them the ability to hide,” (Walton). It is like the saying “a drunken mind speaks a sober heart,” When people are drunk they hide behind being it, and use alcohol as their mask, but when they are texting, it’s the phone. They are able to say what they would like, without having to actually face the person they are talking to, and
In our world there are many forms of communication and these devices are beginning to take a toll on our younger generations. In Jeffery Kluger’s article,” We Never Talk Anymore: The Problem with Text Messaging,” the idea that younger generations are becoming socially inept due to technology is discussed. As these younger generations consume texting as a main form of communication other important social skills deteriate.
Text messaging has become a norm in our generation, as technology rapidly advances and gives way to more efficient forms of communication in a fast-paced world; and many are skeptical about the influence this new form of interaction is having on our society, especially with our younger generation. David Crystal, a professor at the University of Wales, writes “2b or Not 2b?” in support of text messaging. He insists, despite those who underestimate or negate the beneficial influence text messaging has on language proficiency, that “there is increasing evidence that [texting] helps rather than hinders literacy” and that the fairly recent form of communication has actually been around for a while and “is merely the latest manifestation of the human ability to be linguistically creative and to adopt language to suit the demands of diverse settings. In contrast, Jeffery Kluger argues in “We Never Talk Anymore: The Problem with Text Messaging” that text messaging is rapidly becoming a substitute for more genuine forms of communication and is resulting in difficulty among young peoples of our generation to hold a face-to-face conversation, engage in significant nonverbal expression, and ultimately build effective relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Both writers’ present valid arguments, however, my personal experience with text messaging has led me to agree more with Crystal’s view on the matter. Text messaging is indeed having a positive effect on society by making frequent texters primarily aware of the need to be understood, as well as offering betterment of spelling and writing through practice, and reinventing and expanding on a bygone dimension of our language through the use of rebuses and abbreviations.
One of the things that cell phones have changed drastically is the way we communicate with others. With the birth of cell phones eventually came the invention of text messaging, or “texting.” Texting is sending simple messages over the air to another cell phone. People these days, especially the younger generation, find it much easier and quicker to text a person rather than call them or talk to them face to face. “Text messaging is the premier choice” says Jaletta Desmond, an expert on how cell phones have changed us over time. The reason why most of the younger generation prefers texting rather than talking is because they don’t value talking out loud one on one as much as the older generation does. Another reason why texting is the first choice for most people is that it gives a sense of privacy. No one can put their ear to the door and hear your texting conversation. In this day in age, we’ve made it nearly impossible to get in touch with others without having a cell phone on you. Cell phones have just become p...
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Over the past two decades the use of cell phones has grown significantly and statistic from the past two years have proven that driving while on the phone or texting is becoming one of the leading causes of traffic accidents today. In 2011, a survey of more than 2800 American adults revealed that even thought they know that using a cell phone or texting while driving is distracting, they do it anyway, and teens surveyed admit that texting while driving is their number one distraction. "Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% ...
A group of friends drive around town and the driver receives a text. The driver decides to answer the text,veers into the other lane and hits an oncoming car. In the last seven years, the number of teens texting while driving has risen . Researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center New Hyde Park estimated 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries (Ricks). This is more than the number of teens who drink and drive. In comparison, 2,700 teens die from drinking and driving. Because of texting and driving, there has been an increase car crashes, teen injuries and teen deaths.
A recent survey indicates that of the seventy-three percent of American adults that text, young adults between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four send an average of 105.5 text messages each day(Lou). Teenagers and avid supporters might call it the most natural form of daily communication, while some scholars and researcher have referred to it as a “pervasive form of communication” (Pascual-Ferrá, Liu and Beatty). The art of texting has certainly modified, and arguably improved the way we as a society communicate. In this paper I argue that while texting has undoubtedly been an important addition to communication, its detriments to our society as a whole far outweigh its usefulness. Texting dissuades healthy relationships and communication, deters learning and information retention, and is rapidly becoming one of the leading causes of fatalities caused by distracted driving.
With the commercial advent of the Internet and cell phones in the late 1990’s, technologies such as instant messaging (IM) and text messaging (TM) have achieved increasing prevalence in our society. These types of messaging technologies are widely used among adolescents today. To cite just one personal example of this widespread usage, my friend’s daughter, who is now 11 and lives in Ireland, got a cell phone last year, and, according to my friend, “was the last person in her class to get one.” This is quite an amazing change, given that ten years ago, instant messaging and text messaging were in their infancy, and cell phones were only readily available as tools for roadside assistance.
Texting reduces the need for in-depth conversations. Have you texted people as a form of avoidance? A few abbreviated words keeps us meaningful dialogue and face-to-face communication. It also overtakes the importance of body language in everyday conversations. Imagine going into an elevator and on the way in there is a quirky individual that you’ll rather not speak to, but you’ll send back a polite smile as they stare you down. Soon after you’ll pull out your brand new iPhone 6s that your parents got you for
Texting has become worse than even being on the phone. The phone may have blue tooth or speaker, so that the individual may only distracted by their conversation. It has reached the point where one might believe it necessary to wear a helmet in their vehicle in hopes
Social media sites are also an alternative to texting since they serve the same functions. Twitter, for example, adopted the short character format, which helped the text message phenomenon (Erickson). Social media, chat, email, Skype, Oovoo and other forms of online communication have widen options for texting. Other way for texting is iMessage on an iPhone, which uses data. Social media makes it a lot easier for users to communicate. We can see if contacts are available or not to talk with rather than waiting (Rebtel). It is hard to imagine a world without modern advances in communication technology. SMS is still the most widely used data application in the world even with other forms of communication around, as seen from the graph on the left. It has become more than just sending texts with friends, it also enables us to receive updates and alerts, keep track of our finances, send emails, and much more. Traditional SMS makes it possible to talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Where would we be without text messaging? Texting has grown widely over the last 20 years. In some ways, it has allowed us to be more efficient, independent, and direct. How did such a simple way of communicating lead to us to the millions and millions of text sent daily? The first text message was sent in 1992 by a 22 year old British engineer. Nokia was the first company to manufacture a mobile phone with a full keyboard. The phone was known as the Nokia 900i Communicator. By the year 2000, numbers increased from 0.4 texts per month per person to 35 per month since the year 1995. 2007 happened to be the year that Americans sent and received more text messages per month than phone calls. Today, texting is the most used data application, with over 80% of mobile-phone prescribers using it. How often do you text? Is it affecting the way that you communicate in a more positive or negative way?