TEXTING; HORRIBLE ADDICTION OF ALL TIME!!!
BBC never ceases inspiring me to write more and more on contemporary, much more appealing stuffs to our kind of generation. Today, my mind makes an abrupt halt when I was going through an article on BBC Today which read about the effects of getting addicted to texting.
There comes a phase where the world of youth is severely addicted to transcribe ideas starting from their one single thought to big conversations by using various type of electronic equipment, if the idea is to be more concrete.
Texting is easier than anything……
Hey yes! Of course. Who would say no?! Imagine you are presented at an important meeting where using mobile phones are prohibited. Your phone is ringing and it’s your mom. You know you dad has been sick for days and you on the other hand, have been wondering about his critical condition. You can’t take this urgent call because it’s not allowed depending on that particular context. But still you are capable of sending a text message to her and asking ‘ what is so urgent? ‘ Yes, you can still communicate in situations like this, thanks to SMS (Short Message Service).
To be honest, interaction created through texting has taken the world into a complete new level. So as human relationships.
It’s so addictive!
No wonder, even you might find sending text messages are way too easier than talking either in real meeting or over the telephone. Once you experience the comfort in texting, you never want to switch into making phone calls unless the situation is very needy or inevitable.
Personally, I find texting very comfortable than taking calls, as it always consumes my time, energy and money as well. The truth is even I, who is talking great deal about the unhealthy side of texting, has become a victim of the same thing. Once you feel the comfort and ease, you can never get rid of it and you never want to.
WHATSAPP, VIBER, FACEBOOK MESSENGER? A whole new level!
Let’s say 10 years back in time, the (de-)evolution of human interaction began to commence in a different way. People, especially youth were used to send direct text messages to communicate via SMS which was so popular by then. Starting from the instant messaging app ICQ, the Google talk and, later on WhatsApp, Viber and Messenger, Line, Snapchat, Imo, Skype in a row where texting is available, instant and super-fast, the world has unconsciously stepped into a whole new level.
Remember when Smart Phones were firstly introduced?! Youth were going so mad over it and started chatting with each other like maniacs on WhatsApp and Viber. Gradually the web became larger and most of the population started using smart phones where chatting options are highly featured and functioned in an easy accessible way.
To make a quick trip down my memory lane of instant messaging, I was so excited to use Viber for the first time. It was so primitive compared to now but I was so excited thinking of the perks and how instantly I could communicate with my friends. Starting my cyber journey from Viber, today my mainstream has transformed into WhatsApp which I use 24/7.
So easy! So fast!
Who ever thought that communicating via these instant messaging apps would be so easy and super-fast like this? It’s like you have all your favourite or not-so favourite contacts at your reachable length and what you have to do is to connect your smart phone to internet. Tada! You can chat with anybody at any time of the day and you can even send pictures or whatever. There are those cute images like e-stickers called ‘emoji’ where you can reflect your current mood to the other person whereas you can add some vibrancy and peppiness to your conversations.
So, that is the Brightside of the instant messaging apps where you can connect with the world within few second.
What’s so bad about texting?
Even though, I myself am kind of an addict of texting (WhatsApping), I sometimes fear that all our live interactions will be faded away by the time. Yes, we all like being comfy in interaction. There, texting is a plus point. But still, there are some cons that we may experience later in life. Like, getting detached from people, loosening confidence meeting people in flesh and being less creative in life.
Is it wonderful when doing all your conversations than meeting somebody in flesh? Where you look at the eyes of the other and carry on the conversation! I mean, at least can you even feel the emotions which are supposed to trigger during your conversations on WhatsApp? It’s like your vocal cords are replaced by the keyboard and all your emotions are replaced by those emoji stickers. The letters simply voice your mind transcribing your thoughts on the screen where your liveliness and animation are stolen by these social networking services. You mute your voice by letting your keyboard to speak your mind which disables your actual spirit meanwhile.
Decay of Language!
With the evolution of social networking services, mostly English language seems to be devolusionised up to a certain level on its contrary. Just because it is way too easier not to type word in its full form, youth tend to omit letters and create new words (which cannot be considered as standard forms). As for examples; ‘you’ is typed as u, ‘yours’ as urs, ‘we’ as v, to as 2 , ‘from’ as frm, ‘okay’ as K and ‘thnks’ as thx. There are some slang words as well which are often used while texting; LOL (Laughing Out Loud), FYI (For Your Information), OMG (Oh My God), RIP (Rest In Peace), DM (Direct Message).
The method is so good, but the impact on the language is not so good. It can be seen among the youth, a non-standard terms of language are used in formal settings.
Talk more, type less!
It doesn’t matter even if it is a phone call where you get to talk to the other. Once you limit your texting habit, I’m telling you, all your interactions will not be so boring. Try interacting with your voice and actual spirit. You will certainly find new dimensions of your relationships with whomever you talk with. Because your favourite cyber space is not so pleasant always and you will miss out lot of things in life!