Signs That You May Have A Texting Problem
It All Begins With Casual Texting
We all know somebody who has a problem with texting. We see them at parties, shopping centers, the workplace, even behind the wheel. They walk around with their cell phone in hand, fingers furiously typing out an urgent message that just can not wait. They are totally unaware of the stares from those around them. It is an epidemic that does not discriminate, male or female, black or white, young or old, anybody can develop a texting problem.
Listening to the stories of those who have fallen victim to this vice, one notices a single, common thread. It always begins with a few casual messages sent out, perhaps while having fun with friends on a Saturday night. Sometimes it is a friend who sends them a text and not wanting to seem uncool, they send a simple text back. Before long, they are hooked and every waking minute is devoted to sending that next message.
The key to beating this epidemic is learning to recognize the early warning signs and taking action. With early intervention it is possible to defeat this illness and live a normal life, but you have to want it. Below, you will learn many of the common warning signs of a texting problem. If you or someone close to you exhibits these signs, please seek the help of a professional.
Keeping a Cell Phone in Bed While Sleeping
Yes, there are people who take their cell phones to bed with them. This can be a sure sign of a problem. A person finds themselves unable to fall asleep without the knowledge that a fix is within arms reach. They often find themselves rolling over to check their phone throughout the night. Perhaps it is the fear that the need to send a message will arise and they will be unable to get to the phone quick enough.
Texting Someone in the Next Room
We have all seen this at one time or another, someone sitting in the living room texting the person in the kitchen. They are close enough to hear each others voice clearly enough, but that does not provide the same thrill as a text message. It is no longer about communication, it is now about a need for the excitement of technology.
Texting Someone in the Same Room
It should go without saying, but if you find yourself texting somebody who is in the same room, you have become to dependent on technology. It is possible that you have even forgotten how to communicate without the aide of a cell phone. Unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from communicating with the person next to you, it would be wise to practice the timeless art of talking.
Constantly Having A Cell Phone In Hand
We all know someone that fits this description, walking around all day long with a cell phone in their hand as if they are ready to make a call. Yet they never actually make a call, instead they are rapidly typing into their phone. It makes no difference where they are or what they are doing. Friends do not even recognize them if they appear without their phone in hand. Perhaps this person is you.
Using Text Speak In Face to Face Conversations
Admit it, you have heard someone doing this once or twice, perhaps you have even found yourself doing this one. Someone says something humorous and the reply is "LOL". If you are using text speak in your day to day conversations, you are texting too much.
Do Not Fall Victim to this Technology
Do not let yourself or your loved ones fall into this downward spiral. If you recognize any of these warning signs, please seek help immediately. If caught early, this affliction can be treated and a normal life can be had. All that is needed is determination and a strong support system.
© 2012 Christopher J Wood