Put down the phone, pick up a conversation

Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009

Texting; my feelings are divided on whether the subject has enhanced or hindered my personal relationships with people.

I have found people who say they hate texting, and that they would rather talk in person, which is something I've also grown partial to. But texting can be so very convenient when fine tuning plans with friends, and to send reminders.

I just don't think it should ever replace face to face interactions.

It is sad to me to think that many teenagers lie in bed thinking about their text conversations at night, rather than vividly remembering the image of one's face during a conversation.

Texting had become somewhat of a focal point in my recent past. So much so, that I can almost remember word for word groundbreaking conversations I've had with some of my friends through my cell phone.

I wish it wasn't that way.

If I could take it back, I think I would.

I've grown hostile to the fact that relationships can be ended through a text; and you will never need to face that person and say what you feel, because you can easily tap it out and forget about it.

It's nothing more than little words on a screen.

Texts make it too easy to create distance between people.

If there is a problem in a relationship, it can easily be solved in the silent transfer of mental thoughts to each other. I hate it.

Texting eliminates the need for social skills, as the awkwardness can easily be ignored by isolating myself away in a corner, and texting that one friend.

Too many times, I could have talked to a new perspective, but chose instead to lean on my social crutch, and text someone I knew and confided in.

To me, texting does not help me become a stronger individual in my personal relationships.

A good point that I've heard towards it, is for purposes of networking. Texting instantaneously connects friends and a broader web of people, quicker. Hands down. But it can never replace the connection that we must all take the time to form with all of the friends we have in our lives.

Texting is this; little bubbles of thought that can be sent to whomever I choose, whenever I choose.

Every microscopic thought, substantial or not, can be sent to someone, to make them more aware of how I am feeling.

Is this a good thing?

I think the gaps in between real conversations are healthy for our mind. It gives us time alone with our thoughts, uninterrupted by what other people are thinking.

Many times I turn off my phone, because I just can't handle the feeling of always being available for conversation. It wears me down mentally.

Texting has indeed made some parts of my life easier, but in the long run, I must say that I am against using it as a tool in relationships.

Nothing good can come of a person living vicariously through their phone.

This article is the opinion of Sophia Taeschner. Taeschner is a senior at Skyview High School.

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