Texting Supplants Talking for Many Cell Phone Users

Sasha Brown-Worsham

Texting on an iPhone
Flickr photo by Steve Rhodes
Are your texting fingers sore and your vocal chords rusty? There may be a reason for that.

According to The New York Times, cell phone users are now using their data plans for texting, emailing, voice memos, and notes more than ever, but talking? Well, that appears to be passe.

"The number of text messages sent per user increased by nearly 50 percent nationwide last year, according to the CTIA, the wireless industry association," says the May 12 Times article.

So, tell the truth, how many of you are reading these very words on a smartphone right now?

Just last night my husband sexted me from the kitchen -- 20 feet from where I was sitting. "What you got on?" he asked. He wasn't kidding.

I'm now at a point where the phone terrifies me. When it rings, I almost never want to answer. My poor grandmother who neither texts nor emails (nor, god forbid, Facebooks) sees photos of my children once a year because I never even think to print them out.

I'm starting to worry that all this technology is bad for us, that my 3-year-old daughter will actually believe that "laughing out loud" is spelled LOL and there's little need to smile when you can text an emoticon.

Then again, I'm the mom at the park, BlackBerry and iPhone in hand, emailing and texting away. But in this world of distracted parenting, isn't it sometimes nice just to hear someone's voice? I used to love talking on the phone -- now I dread it.

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think that's sad. After all, it's fantastic to be able to send sexy messages to your spouse's iPhone while he's at work and then text racy messages back and forth. But sexting never made a baby.

Of course, once Apple solves that one, we're all in trouble. Look for iConception some time around the year 2020.

Do you choose texting over talking on the phone?

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