To all you texters who'd rather text than talk: A Vent!

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  1. donotfear profile image82
    donotfearposted 12 years ago

    To all the people who don't have the decency to return my call and don't RSVP with a phone call but send a text instead:

    Oh, so you send a text instead? Rude. You could at least call me to decline. Maybe it's easier for your lazy butt not to have to move your mouth to speak in an intelligible conversation cause your'e so socially unstable or you just don't want to have to deal with declining an invitation, so you move your fingers and spend all that energy typing when it would be easier just to pick up the dang phone and call me back. Is it just too difficult to put forth the effort to respond personally? 

    Then if I stoop to the text rule, you don't bother to respond. It's rude.   Look, if I call to invite you to my home, meeting, or another activity and I get your voice mail and leave you a nice message, don't flippin text me back.  Show me the decency of a phone call!   Just cause you don't wanna be bothered with conversation. Fine.

    Our social future is doomed. Communication between humans is doomed.  So let's doom the human race of communication skills and text each other instead of engaging in intelligent conversation where we can learn to pick up social cues and learn body language.  Go ahead.....make your day.

  2. Michael Willis profile image68
    Michael Willisposted 12 years ago

    I agree with you!!! It is rude. I have texting Blocked on my phone and will not allow it to be on my phone. If people want to communicate with me, they can Call!
    Texting is the worst thing invented for cell phones in my own personal opinion!

  3. AEvans profile image72
    AEvansposted 12 years ago

    I prefer phone over text and it is annoying for me when I get a text that says, " Can ------ stay the night? Really? The answer is always no unless I receive a call. I agree DNF it is annoying and rude.

  4. donotfear profile image82
    donotfearposted 12 years ago

    I'm not against texting altogether, what gets me is that people use it as an excuse to duck out of a real conversation.  Texting is easier than putting forth the effort to engage in actual conversation.   Texting is appropriate in it's context, but not an excuse to avoid talking to someone because it may be a little uncomfortable or you may have to pull out some real social/communications skills for a minute.

  5. Sean Evans profile image75
    Sean Evansposted 12 years ago

    I love texting.  I hate, hate, hate, getting phone calls for simple things when it could been quickly asked in a text.  For instance "When you off work"? replied "at 9".  Done and done. 

    How ever I do agree with you there is a time when it is not needed.  Such as calling in sick at work, or not declining social invite and definitely not breaking up with someone. lol

    1. donotfear profile image82
      donotfearposted 12 years agoin reply to this


  6. Sean Evans profile image75
    Sean Evansposted 12 years ago

    You know what else I really hate about texting?  Is when I'm sitting in a group situation and there are few people who are constantly texting and or looking at there phone.  I feel yelling at them and saying "SORRY would you rather be SOMEWHERE ELSE?  smile

    that bugs me too.

    1. donotfear profile image82
      donotfearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe if we took this advice the rudeness would stop.  I was at the movies yesterday and there was someone sitting 3 rows in front of me texting like mad throughout the movie.  I wanted to throw Dr. Pepper on him.

      1. Michael Willis profile image68
        Michael Willisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I am so glad to hear you "saved the Dr. Pepper!"  big_smile

  7. brakel2 profile image74
    brakel2posted 12 years ago

    I luv texting. I keep I contact with more people than ever before  If I get a phone call I don't text. I return the call. Texting is a relaxing outlet for me. I have people who call me and talk forever. So I guess it depends on the situation. Thanks for bringing up the subject.

    1. donotfear profile image82
      donotfearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Your texting etiquette is very good. If you get a call, you call back. Sometimes enough can be said in a few texts, I agree.

      But conversations with individuals for hours on end by texting?  Good grief!

  8. CMHypno profile image82
    CMHypnoposted 12 years ago

    Texting has its place, but I find that people now are far more likely to cancel plans or be late because they can do it by text.

    Also people who text during dinner, or drinks or even in the cinema are just plain rude and anti-social. And my total bugbear is people who hold up queues in the supermarket by talking on their phones or texting.

    Its only OK if I'm doing it LOL! lol

  9. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    I can deal with a quick text to answer a question, but mindless texting even looks mindless.

  10. keish_777 profile image61
    keish_777posted 12 years ago

    I am not all together against texting but I have seen where persons have used texting to deny that they have received instructions or have been asked very important questions- after deleting there is no proof that they actually got it!

    On the other hand, from a health-conscious point of view, it is said to be healthier than having the cell phone at your ears until it gets hot!

  11. Kitty Grey profile image61
    Kitty Greyposted 12 years ago

    I can sympathise with being upset with people's general rudeness. People do avoid making phone calls in favour of texting a short, usually difficult to understand reply. However, as someone who spent their life growing up behind a computer screen, I whole-heartedly prefer text messages in every situation. People simply lack the capability to accurately express themselves. Filling out a text message with proper grammar and punctuation as well as treating it like an actual conversation can do worlds of good for communication. But texting has the added convenience of being able to carry on a long conversation or information exchange during times when you would not be able to carry on a phone call.

    I believe it can be done!

  12. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 12 years ago

    I don't text and people know better than to text me, cuz I will just ignore it.  I think if you make a phone call and leave a voicemail they should definitely call you back instead of texting.  I am too lazy to learn how to text and the texters are too lazy to call and talk - so no communication there!  I remember when those texting machines first came out(not attached to phones and they had a little word screen that the message flowed across)  I had a boss who didn't like phones and loved the text message machine - even though it took forever to send and receive them and sometimes they just didn't work - I think he just hated phone voices in his ear!  Also it made him look cool to be in a meeting - get a beeping sound - look down at his palm held machine and get a message without disrupting the meeting - except it did disrupt the meeting! big_smile

  13. emievil profile image67
    emievilposted 12 years ago

    I agree that phone calls are better in situations like this. But then again, in my country, texting is a way of life, mainly because it is much cheaper to text than to call. The cost of one text here is like 1 per 150 - 250 characters while it's 6.50 per minute of call. So if you get a text rather than a call from a countryman of mine, it's not that we're lazy, it's just that we can't afford to call smile.


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