Trendspotting: Nothing Sub in the Text

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Angie Argabrite

Just Our Type

We’re texting more and talking less—and it’s saying a lot

We’re spending considerably less time gabbing on our phones these days; not because we’re communicating less, but differently. About a third of us now say we’d rather text a friend than call. It’s easy to see why: Texting requires less time and energy—cutting right to the chase without any of those old-fashioned pleasantries—but it turns out that it also comes with a list of cons more pressing than the occasional finger cramp. Not only are our friendships suffering from the impersonal nature of texting, but the technology is also making us lonelier and perhaps even grumpier. And let’s be honest, it’s making us look like a bunch of gadget-obsessed jerks. Worst of all, it’s proving deadly. Texting while driving is now one of the most surefire ways to die behind the wheel of your car; researchers have determined that it actually doubles our reaction time. So why the burning need to respond to a text while driving? Some psychologists posit that it may be hardwired into the brains of naturally compulsive people. The most at-risk age group? Our youth. They’re more likely to text while driving, and they’re also sending out a staggering volume of texts; those between the ages of 18 and 24 exchange an average of 109.5 messages a day. The bottom line: Text your pals if you’d like, but don’t rule out the old-school phone conversation entirely. Pick up the phone occasionally or even—gasp—drop in for a visit. You may be surprised at how lovely face-to-face conversation can be.

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