Speak don't type

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Technology plays such a vital role in society. Everyday it can make life easier, but maybe to easy.

It seems connecting with others has never been so easy and all the information you could ever need fits in the palm of your hand. With texting, calling, Skype, and Facetime it seems like you never need to see anyone in person ever again.

But how special would life be if you were hiding behind a screen for the majority of it?

As absurd as that may sound, the brink of it is right in front of our eyes — companies advertise this type of accessibility so loosely it almost seems second nature.

Commercials flood television sets daily with the newest model of a smart phone, or the latest software update to make sure that talking to others can be as easy as possible.

The problem with this is when it becomes too easy. When just shooting off a text becomes the basis of exchanging good and bad life altering news, we have gone too far.

No one wants to receive news over a text saying that someone has died or there has been an accident, and on the other side of the spectrum, very few close mothers and fathers would want to read a message that says “We’re expecting!” or someone’s brother or sister would hate to see a relationship status change on Facebook to engaged.

Not only can news be delivered via text, but also things that you would never say to someone in person. When people hide behind a screen with their thumbs on their keypad there seems to be much more bravery present than usual.

This of course seems to be a lot more prominent in youth. Confrontation seems to be such a scary concept to younger generations.

Even talking on the phone to someone who you have never talked to before seems to be a very frightening idea to those under a certain age gap.

The thing with texting every aspect of your life and having it as an overpowering form of communication is that you never know how someone is truly feeling.

You can’t hear the crack in someone’s voice, or how they are saying something. Depending how you are feeling when the message is read it can seem like the sender is being insincere or rude to the situation.

Feelings get hurt, and words get twisted.

Since you cannot truly hear how they are saying something it gives leeway to lie about how you meant something.

Really you meant that text in a condescending way and that’s how your friend took it, but since you don’t want to fight with them you have the opportunity to cover up and say “No! You took it the wrong way, I really meant it this way.”

The fears of thinking that you can always text someone because technology always seems to be advancing makes for a sad day when you have to make a cold call on your first day at a new job and you immediately freeze.

Sadly youth are not getting this message early enough and think that the excuse of saying “I just don’t like talking to people on the phone, it’s kind of scary.” will be an acceptable thing to say for the rest of their lives.

Pick up the phone, and speak to your loved ones, or wait until you’re in the area and show them your baby bump or the rock on your finger.

So rule of thumb, when it comes to maneuvering thoughts across a keyboard is that if you would hate to have to read this news, there’s a good chance that you shouldn’t send it.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

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