Ok . The texting is driving me nuts. I am feeling OLD everytime I tell a teenager - my own, or at youth group - to: Put. It. Away.
The texting is a magnet for them. A huge 100X stronger than the gravitational pull of the sun magnet.
A friend of mine recently "discovered" why his son has so many text messages each month. "They're having actual conversations," he exclaimed. "There's no 'message' - it's a dialog."
Yes. Yes it is.
In case you haven't experienced the joy yet, let me just share a sample with you. Keep in mind that each line is a separately sent message. (Also - most kids I know don't really use that funky textspeak that you see on commercials. It's too much work to figure out.)
sittin here bored
I'm @ lunch
same as usual.
I fear for the social skills of the future.
And if your phone plan counts both outgoing and incoming messages, the above 2 minute "conversation" just cost 11 messages. So you can see how you could easily rack up TWO THOUSAND TEXTS in a month. I mean, 2000 per month is only 66 per day.
And yet, how can you explain their reluctance to JUST STOP messaging, even if I say I'm going to flush that phone down the toilet if I see it again in the next 30 minutes?
The problem is, the technology is evolving so fast that the etiquette can't keep up.
I tell people who are texting, that if it would be rude to TALK to someone else wherever you are, ie: in church, during school classes, at piano lessons, it's probably not appropriate to text either.
But they're having trouble getting it.
So am I, people, so am I.