So here we are, Friday is here again. If you work, you’re all “yea! Friday!” But I’m not working, so its more…”It’s Friday?” Friday is also my PostAWeek deadline. So this is obviously it. I haven’t been sure what to write about. Other than the Sugar Bowl, my week was pretty uneventful. And I don’t have any strong feelings about that except for “Suck it haters.” And “How the heck did we win that?” And “I love Arkansas fans for their spirited discussion post-game….of the bands and their performances.”
So I’m stuck. So instead of anything exciting, I’ll respond to a prompt over at The Daily Post. Since that’s what they’re there for: Do you prefer to talk, text message, or a different communication method?
For me, it’s all about the person and the message. If it’s my family, I talk. For the most part, I always feel awkward talking on the phone to anyone else. But for the most part, I do it anyway because I’m not a texter.
I feel that texting has a time and place where it’s useful- short, consice messages. Not conversations. “Are you here yet?” or something like that. My 17-year-old sister and her boyfriend, in two years of dating, never call each other. They spend hours texting (says the hypocrite who used to talk to her high school boyfriend using MSN Messenger all the time…he even broke up with me on it. That quickly broke me of the habit. That and realizing that it was the biggest factor in WHY we broke up. It lead to lack of communication….)
In a text, you can’t ever properly convey your feelings, because it’s lacking context. It’s a five minute conversation that lasts four hours. And you can’t ever convey the emotions behind the words. How often do we get in trouble for making a sarcastic statement using text that gets taken the wrong way?
So now, I’m a big proponent of face-to-face or telephone. Texting, emailing, tweeting…they all have their places, but for a meaningful conversation…actual talking, using your voice is the way to go.