CNN SPECIAL: TOO MUCH TEXTING?

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    Apr 18, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    Hey guys, this just came across the screen but I didn't catch the date and time. CNN will air a special on texting. It's amazing this came up this morning because I was wondering last night why in the hell people text at all, let alone the problems with texting and driving.

    My theory is some people, especially the young, just don't know how to be alone with themselves and their own thoughts. They need constant social interaction and approval.

    What do you think?

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    Apr 18, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    I hate texting and didn't know how to text until Katrina. Even then, I still hate texting.

    Just pick up the god-damn phone and CALL me!
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    Apr 18, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
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    Apr 18, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    It feels weird to be talking about the "younger generation" because I can hear my parents voices ringing in my ears telling me when I was growing up how "my generation" was so much worse than their generation. I also dont feel old yet. However, I do have to make a couple comments about this since I am high school teacher of 175 freshman kids & I witness the text craze daily (and my battle against it to squeeze some learning into the kids' heads). I have come to the conclusion that cell phones are a part of their lives & always have been as they have been growing up. Its not strange to them & is just a normal part of their lives. The part that I find strange is that it seems to be taking the place of oral conversation. I was chaperoning a dance a couple months ago & 10 students would be sitting at a table and they would all be texting; noone was talking. Then I looked on the dance floor & 1/4 people were dancing. The other 3/4 were kinda of moving their bodies to the music as they were texting. It was a very bizzare scene to witness.

    Just yesterday, a 22 guy was trying to connect with me on match.com. While this is a bit younger than I am generally comfortable with, he seemed mature & after chatting a little, I asked for his phone # and called him so that I could find out more about him in a shorter amount of time. I called him & we talked for 5 minutes & then he asked if I texted. I said yes. He said that he would contact me later. Well, later, turned out to be 5 minutes later & he started texting me with stupid things like, "what r u doing now?" & "u sound really nice" & blah blah blah. I was busy grading papers & told him so, yet my phone was lighting up every few minutes with a new text. Finally I just texted him that he was just too young for me. So, what is that? This kid seemed clearly more comfortable with texting over speaking.

    Thats my 2 cents worth This is only based on my experience. I could be totally wrong.
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    Apr 18, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    NOC_guy saidIt feels weird to be talking about the "younger generation" because I can hear my parents voices ringing in my ears telling me when I was growing up how "my generation" was so much worse than their generation. I also dont feel old yet. However, I do have to make a couple comments about this since I am high school teacher of 175 freshman kids & I witness the text craze daily (and my battle against it to squeeze some learning into the kids' heads). I have come to the conclusion that cell phones are a part of their lives & always have been as they have been growing up. Its not strange to them & is just a normal part of their lives. The part that I find strange is that it seems to be taking the place of oral conversation. I was chaperoning a dance a couple months ago & 10 students would be sitting at a table and they would all be texting; noone was talking. Then I looked on the dance floor & 1/4 people were dancing. The other 3/4 were kinda of moving their bodies to the music as they were texting. It was a very bizzare scene to witness.

    Just yesterday, a 22 guy was trying to connect with me on match.com. While this is a bit younger than I am generally comfortable with, he seemed mature & after chatting a little, I asked for his phone # and called him so that I could find out more about him in a shorter amount of time. I called him & we talked for 5 minutes & then he asked if I texted. I said yes. He said that he would contact me later. Well, later, turned out to be 5 minutes later & he started texting me with stupid things like, "what r u doing now?" & "u sound really nice" & blah blah blah. I was busy grading papers & told him so, yet my phone was lighting up every few minutes with a new text. Finally I just texted him that he was just too young for me. So, what is that? This kid seemed clearly more comfortable with texting over speaking.

    Thats my 2 cents worth This is only based on my experience. I could be totally wrong.


    Clearly, when it comes to things you described above, these kids need counseling. Schools need to enforce no texting rules. Seriously. I wonder how many kids cheat on tests by texting their buddies.

    But again, it's building weak social relationships. I am amazed at the craze of commercials for cell phones. Commercials are all cell phones and pill ads.
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    Apr 18, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    It is not only the young who are guilty of texting and *fill-in-the-blank-with-name-of-other-activity*.
    "Textiquete" (Text Etiquitte) and common sense are sorely lacking in a variety of contexts. Too many that I have observed to rant about here.

    Here in Honolulu, it is a "moving violation" to use any electronic device without a handsfree headset in or on a motor vehicle while the engine is running. The fine is a $92 ticket. Fines are higher if the infraction results in a vehicular accident.

    It is my view that driving a motor vehicle is an activity that deserves a person's full attention. Anything that detracts from that attention increases risk of loss, injury or death to themselves and others.
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 18, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    I love txting. Usually when i use txting i want to share a bit of info, like when i will arrive at an event, when the flight leaves, what I will bring, etc. I don't want to call because some people just never get off the phone.
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    Apr 18, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    I do not like texting and I do not talk on the phone or text while driving or in a store either. I worked in retail management for several years and I used to hate it when someone would either stop me to ask a question or came to the register for checkout while either yacking on their phone or texting. I would just let them sit there till they stopped so I could have their full attention. I had a really good friend get killed because she was talking on her phone while driving and there was another instance here in Phoenix 2 years ago when an 18 year old kid wasn't paying attention while texting and driving and he missed the red light and plowed into a 65 year old man and his wife who were going out to a special dinner because the man had retired that same day. The couple was killed instantly and the kid is doing some jail time. I will stop now because I could write a book on the subject.

    One more thing on texting don't do it....just call me instead....I would appreciate it more.
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    Apr 18, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidI love txting. Usually when i use txting i want to share a bit of info, like when i will arrive at an event, when the flight leaves, what I will bring, etc. I don't want to call because some people just never get off the phone.


    I think that in this case it is ok. I just don't like it when someone wants to have a half hour or hour long conversation texting. In that case call me please.
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    Apr 18, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    I agree with NOC guy. For kids 25 and under, mobile phones with texting capabilities is normal. They see nothing strange or wrong with it. Unfortunately, they are also completely incapable of talking on the phone or maintaining any positive social skills when it comes to general communication. Everything they communicate they do so in these short texts. (And don't even get me started on how this has stunted spelling and grammar for this generation!)
    I, too, have had younger guys say they are interested in me and when I give them my number, I don't get a call (thus using the phone for its original purpose) but text after text after text! In a regular conversation, all the questions being sent via text message could be answered within a matter of minutes instead of dragging it out over 30+ minutes and dozens of texts.
    I have a tenant who is 25 and claims to have social anxiety disorder. He can't handle being in social settings where he has to interact with others. He would rather stayed couped up in his room, chat online, text or play 'interactive' games for his 'socialization' because it doesn't involve physically meeting people. Even our conversations/interactions are stilted because he is unable to maintain focus, form complete thoughts or otherwise be 'social'.
    I guess I am getting old. Who knew?! :-)
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    Apr 18, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    The original design of the cell phone might have been to talk, but it's gone way above and beyond its original purpose. Just look at how the carriers are lowering the price of their voice plans (Verizon and AT&T recently lowered their unlimited voice plan to $70 from $100/month). Data usage is through the roof these days and consumption will only get higher. The "cell phone" and its original purpose will one day (very soon) be overshadowed by data consumption. Look forward to tiered data plans very soon.

    I hate talking on the phone. Text me and I'll respond when I am available or when I want. Texting is basically the same as emailing someone, just with less content - so basically it's like an IM on your phone.

    Technology evolves. The way people live their lives change. Just because a different generation socializes in a different way doesn't mean that we are less adept at it or even socially "retarded". If anything, the Internet has revolutionized the way we connect and I would find it very hard to argue that we are more connected now than ever before.

    Marketers all know that the next big wave of advertising will be within "Social Media", so these comments about hindering "social interaction" make no sense to me. Yes, it may be hindering face-to-face social interactions, but as people who are socializing and interacting on a digital forum, I find comments like that to be a bit hypocritical.
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    Apr 18, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHey guys, this just came across the screen but I didn't catch the date and time. CNN will air a special on texting. It's amazing this came up this morning because I was wondering last night why in the hell people text at all, let alone the problems with texting and driving.

    My theory is some people, especially the young, just don't know how to be alone with themselves and their own thoughts. They need constant social interaction and approval.

    What do you think?

    ...and so you post a thread about it.
    Umm, ok.
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    Apr 18, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
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    wrestlervic saidHey guys, this just came across the screen but I didn't catch the date and time. CNN will air a special on texting. It's amazing this came up this morning because I was wondering last night why in the hell people text at all, let alone the problems with texting and driving.

    My theory is some people, especially the young, just don't know how to be alone with themselves and their own thoughts. They need constant social interaction and approval.

    What do you think?

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    Apr 19, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    Fucking young people.
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    Apr 19, 2010 12:14 AM GMT
    stoneymcpuffnpass saidFucking young people.
    That's a very fun hobby. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 19, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Haha I love texting but I have twitter to let my thoughts out into the Universe, I don't care who reads them I just love the thought that anyone can read what I am thinking icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 19, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
    stoneymcpuffnpass saidFucking young people.


    No, your not supposed to post your hobby in this thread.icon_biggrin.gif

    I think the damage done by the texting generation is best witnessed by viewing a few of BELLO's posts. A bit too l337 for me I guess. Although I don't know if you can force super big font size on a cell phone.
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    Apr 19, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
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    wrestlervic saidHey guys, this just came across the screen but I didn't catch the date and time. CNN will air a special on texting. It's amazing this came up this morning because I was wondering last night why in the hell people text at all, let alone the problems with texting and driving.

    My theory is some people, especially the young, just don't know how to be alone with themselves and their own thoughts. They need constant social interaction and approval.

    What do you think?

    ...and so you post a thread about it.
    Umm, ok.


    Texting is much different than a forum with groups of people exchanging thoughts on single subjects all at once.

    What makes it bad is kids texting in public when they are not taking in the people around them, socializing face to face, experience human interaction. Instead their heads are buried into their phones typing probably really useless stuff.
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    Apr 19, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    Bah! I hate it all. I can't seem to get anyone I know around my age to communicate verbally on the phone anymore as it's "weird" and "awkward". Meh.. then get chewed out, because I don't have the time or patience to respond to all of the useless " what u doin", "sup" texts. Also, what's with always having to type what's on your mind and what you're doing into those status update boxes on the social networking sites? Noone needs to say what they're doing every five minutes.. certainly noone cares,but people really do that mess like..10 times a day! Shit, it's gotten to the point that I try to do it once a day, just because I feel awkward anytime I actually bother to sign on and realize that the last update I made is about a week old and probably only happened because I was drunk.
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    Apr 19, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    I hate texting either.
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    Apr 19, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidTexting is much different than a forum with groups of people exchanging thoughts on single subjects all at once.

    What makes it bad is kids texting in public when they are not taking in the people around them, socializing face to face, experience human interaction. Instead their heads are buried into their phones typing probably really useless stuff.
    The sad part is I know way too many grown adults who spend all day texting. Last time one of my NYC friends visited, he spent the entire time posting in the forums and texting with his new iPhone. And he's a lawyer...not a kid.

    It got so bad that another of his friends posted a thread about him never conversing with friends, but instead texting and posting online when we're supposed to be partying. LOL
  • swimjohn

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    Apr 19, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    I like texting, and I like talking to people face to face, but I cannot stand to talk to someone on the phone. Another thing I can't stand: sweeping generalizations about "the younger generation" by older people. If you don't like txting, don't txt. I understand that it is dangerous and rude, but if done right, like I do it, txting is a great way to communicate.
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    Apr 19, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    swimjohn69 saidI like texting, and I like talking to people face to face, but I cannot stand to talk to someone on the phone. Another thing I can't stand: sweeping generalizations about "the younger generation" by older people. If you don't like txting, don't txt. I understand that it is dangerous and rude, but if done right, like I do it, txting is a great way to communicate.


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  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 19, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    I'm an old guy too, but I don't like talking on the phone. I prefer face to face, or texting. If I can't see your face and interpret your body language, then let's just type like crazy. It works out the same way.
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    Apr 19, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    swimjohn69 saidI like texting, and I like talking to people face to face, but I cannot stand to talk to someone on the phone. Another thing I can't stand: sweeping generalizations about "the younger generation" by older people. If you don't like txting, don't txt. I understand that it is dangerous and rude, but if done right, like I do it, txting is a great way to communicate.


    Please define: if done right. I have a bunch of friends that are like this - so I'd like to know: What is it about talking in real-time that is so terrible? Why do you hate it? Fear, anxiety, time, intimacy? Do all your friends suffer from logorrhea and never get to the point - do they use the word "like" too often? I don't get it.

    There's a time and place for appropriate communication in any format, but when one is texting back and forth like a real-time conversation, talking in real-time is nearly always much MUCH faster and more efficient - hands down.

    Also - people miss a lot of information and context when texting that is conveyed through the human voice - one of the most complex and subtle instruments of communication ever devised.

    I find unnecessary texting incredibly irritating, and socially stupid.