Texting and Calling

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In 1973, Motorola released a revolutionary product that forever changed communication and the social culture around the world. This heavy and awkward looking device allowed wireless communication and contributed to the decline of sending letters in the mail or walking to someone’s house to talk (Alfred). We now call this device a cell phone. Since the first cell phone was released in 1973, technological advancements have improved the cell phone’s portability, weight, and compatibility, resulting in roughly 90% of all Americans owning a cell phone (Pew Research). These advancements also helped develop texting, a form of communication that relays messages within seconds. Texting has appealed towards the younger generation, specifically ages 18-24, due to its unique and fast lingo such as “lol” (laugh out loud) and “brb” ( be right back)( Netlingo.com). In a recent survey, over 31% of young adults prefer a text message instead of a voice call (Pew Research). However, calling, a more traditional conversation, remains widely used and is the preferred method of communication for over 51% of young adults (Pew Research). The preferred method of contact might be personal, but calling and texting both have advantages and disadvantages. They differ in convenience, interpretation, privacy, and safety. Many working adults in different industries and professions complain that there is not enough time in the day. In the world today, many individuals, especially busy individuals, abuse text messaging and shy away from calling. The major reason is that texting allows an individual to send and receive messages in a few seconds. Texting has become so convenient and overly used that, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Betty Lui reported that nearl... ... middle of paper ... ... The flaws of texting all point in the direction that calling, although traditional, remains the better alternative to communication. Texting and calling will continue to be important means of communication, but these forms will be on the opposite spectrum. Unfortunately, some individuals prefer and are more comfortable with texting rather than calling. Texting may be convenient and allow privacy, but calling provides an opportunity to experience a traditional conversation. Calling forces individuals to stray away from texting lingo and interact socially.I refuse to accept the notion that calling is being overtaken by texting. The only people to blame is themselves or perhaps the phone companies that create unlimited text message plans. If each text message was similar to a payphone that cost fifty cents, I believe individuals would stop texting and start calling.

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