And so I was typing of some of the issues I found with the idea of texting & IMs for conversations. There was another factor to lots of texting or IMs that I did not consider. I came across an article last night about it. It showed up on the New York Times site (that’s a link by the way).
Seems that texting can lead to issues of health. While I can’t claim to be texting at the quantity that is written of in the article, I can imagine how it can be damaging. Hell I’ve had issues of people sending me texts in the middle of night like at 4 a.m. That’s a tad annoying, which as of tonight will end. I will be turning my phone off at night when I’m to be sleeping.
I got a message from a friend yesterday who had been reading the Single of the Day post about all the ‘impersonal’ conversing and realized that she needed a phone call with a friend to help set some things right. She specifically mentioned that it helped massively to hear the voice of the person she was speaking to. From what she told me, it helped to clarify some issues that had come up over some misunderstandings that occurred due to poor communication via texts.
The more means that get invented for staying connected, the more problematic communication seems to become. It’s a communication breakdown. There’s a line from a chick flick earlier this year that summed it up nicely, that had something to the effect of leaving a voicemail that got a response via a text message, saying email me, only to be facebooked, then twittered, or some such mess. It left the character rejected in 10 different forms of communication and tired from trying to connect with the person.
There’s only one song I can think of with that title, communication breakdown. It’s by a band that most people should be familiar with and you’re hearing it right now if you’re on the Single of the Day website. They had powerful riffs, soaring vocals, pounding drums and booming bass. What more did they need at that time in the history of music. I tell you, nothing. They’re still popular all these years later. Led Zeppelin.
I don’t need to say much more, other than if you don’t own any of their music. You need to go now and buy it.