In the article “Do U text 2 much? Teens losing face-to-face Conversation,” author Jennifer Leigh says that we are in a digital age where cell phones are beating us, and texting is becoming the main method of communication replacing a face-to-face conversation. Leigh says “texting can be great and convenient, but within limits”. According to her, many teens would rather exchange text messages than have a conversation. Leigh says that “many teens seldom answer their cell phones and let incoming calls go to voicemail, in order to train their callers to text instead”. Leigh states that the new generation of children are growing up in a world where technology used to connect us is “actually disconnecting us”. Leigh also says that teens often misread facial expressions, “we’ve got a generation that is truly unlearning what little they do know about how to connect with other people”.
She quotes Hope Bishop, a mother who says “I won’t give my daughter a cell phone until she is in high school, probably”. Bishop says she wants her daughter to learn how to communicate in the “old-way”and not becoming dependent on texting. In the article “No Need to Call”, author Sherry Turkle talks about the fact that people, mostly teenagers avoid face-to-face conversation, or phone calls where they have to show their emotions to someone else. According to Turkle, communicating through social networks, texting and emailing rather than having one-to-one conversations is dismissing people’s capacity for empathy. Turkle interviews some teenager to express their points, a sixteen-years-old girl called Audrey says “face-to-face conversation happens way less than I did before.
It’s always, ‘oh, talk to you online” (379). Audrey also says a text is better than a call because in a call “there is a lot less boundness to the person” (378). Turkle also interviews Karen and Beatrice, two friends who are upset because because they received through an e-mail that a friend has passed away, and they say “it was easier to learn about it on the computer, it made it easier to hear.
We didn’t want to look all upset to anyone” (385). Turkle says that “most people prefer to deal with strong feelings from the safe haven of the Net” (385), it gives them “an alternative to processing emotions in real time” (385). Turkle concludes that people use texts rather than call because “in text messaging you hide as much as you show, you can present yourself as you wish to be seen, and you can process people as quickly as you want to” (288).Analysis: Slowly, technology seems to be destroying the meaningfulness of interactions we have with others. Technology is disconnecting us from the world. People prefer to use technology instead of physically contacting with others.
The telephone was once a way to touch base or ask a simple question. BUt once you have access to emails, instant messaging, and texting, things changed. When texting through cell phones we tend to feel safer and it’s easier to write out and think what we are going to say rather than blurting out. No single aspect of technology is only good or only bad, texting can give a normally shy person a voice online and a feeling of security. Technology can help, but at the same time it is ruining social interactions. I agree with both authors, excessive texting may be too immersed in this digital world and not present enough in the real time. Social media has made people have a tendency to want to interact with people online rather than in person because it has made the process simpler.