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A question many people find themselves using more frequently than they are aware of in today’s society. Texting has become an overpowering problem, causing a lack of any other type of communication or interaction among individuals. Studies have proven that texting has replaced talking in person among most individuals.

January 19, 2011

Wait, what did you just say:


A question many people find themselves using more frequently than they are aware of in today’s society. Texting has become an overpowering problem, causing a lack of any other type of communication or interaction among individuals. Studies have proven that texting has replaced talking in person among most individuals.


Senior Lindsey Hazelwood recently did a research study titled Communication vs. Intimacy, focusing on how the use of cell phones and Facebook has become an acceptable behavior amongst young adults today. Hazelwood believes that it is the difference between intimacy and communication that leads people to believe this behavior is now an acceptable way of life for many.


“We have become so wrapped up in it, however when depth is involved in conversation it is much more intimate but texting and Facebook allows communication on a different level, not intimate,” said Hazelwood.


Texting during a personal conversation has an effect on everyone in some way, whether it be positive or negative the topic has grown to be very controversial especially among youth and young adults.


“It really doesn’t affect me but I know that the person is not really paying attention and I hate having to repeat myself all the time,” said Sophomore Jessica Polite.


“If I am talking about something important I get kind of annoyed, but if it is just casual it is really not a big deal to me,” said Sophomore Angi Highlander.


Many students feel strongly about texting and using social networking regardless of the people they are around or even the environment for some. However, should there be a point where the line is drawn or is there a limitation on when it is appropriate to use these sources of communication.

 “I feel like it is very acceptable in today’s society to text whenever you are comfortable around certain people in everyday life,” said Sophomore Britny Paynter.

“It depends on who I’m talking to or what we are talking about, in a study session or something I don’t mind texting some, but I always feel like I miss something when I do or end up getting my info mixed up. I try really hard not to, but sometimes I end up doing it anyway,” said Highlander.


These students are quick to defend the topic of texting during conversation or even using social networking while just hanging out or talking to friends, but when asked how it makes them feel when its reversed and someone is doing such actions to them, it seemed to really turn the tables.
 
“Its annoys me because they don’t listen and then I feel like an idiot because it make me feel like just talking to myself,” said Sophomore Lauren Diggs.

 
As Hazelwood dug deep into her research on the topic of intimacy vs. communication she found it quite interesting that students were very conscious when people were texting or using facebook around them but not when they were doing it to some else.  Most responded that they did not like being ignored or feeling unimportant, she said.


Texting has become something that not only just teenagers do, but something that even adults have began to make an addicting habit as well. Some feel as if texting is easy way to break major news to another person.

 

“It is not just the younger generation, it is gradually spilling over into different age groups, even adults have began to get Facebook and are just as adamant about texting, I believe with time it is just going to continue to spill over,” said Hazelwood. 

 

“I feel as if the texting issue is very common among the younger generation however those who criticize our generation forget who raised it I believe this issue is increasingly affecting all generations as adults are progressively participating in text usage  more and more in today’s society,” said Paynter.

 

Hazelwood says her research really helped her realize how affective these small actions can be towards others, and now she will close her computer or leave her phone to the sidebecause she would want the same respect from others.


Texting and social networking have become a big phenomenon in today’s society that has helped people to avoid oral communication. Texting is quick and easy and mostly used for the simple convenience.

 

“Within America communicating via electronic devices has gradually increased convenience by allowing for a quick Q &A session for times that are not probable for a face to face interaction or phone conversation,” said Paynter

The society has let social networking and texting become an acceptable way of life and most people do not realize the effect it has on the communication in all types of relationships.


“In today’s society texting within certain environments can be perceived as inappropriate and rude. Although it has become a way of life for most, I believe there should be clear line of where texting and even social networking is acceptable and not acceptable,” said Highlander.

 

Hazelwood’s research study helped a lot of students to realize the effects that texting and social networking can cause if the habit becomes addicting or uncontrollable. 

Comments:

Jill

Very good paper first off!!! I also wanted to add that in some ways it can be very useful! If you have a close friend who moves far away then texting can be a great way to keep in touch when you are always busy and running around, it allows for short breaks to keep in touch. Yet, as stated above it loses intimacy, which is very true! Makes it a very bad method for staying in touch with some one you do not know very well or who you are trying to start a friendship with. And a good rule of thumb is don't text if you wouldn't talk to them on the phone at that time.

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