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Subject Oh No, I did it... Something I have always wanted to avoid. DANG! Texting v. Talking
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Original Message A recent Sprint commercial, that I don't care for, shows a family seated at the dinner table. The mother is tweeting and texting them right at the table instead of talking directly to them. She does speak a few words, but it is to prove a point of what does really happen today.

When I first saw that commercial I remember telling my son, who had watched it with me, that I would never do that--text someone in the house.

Well, I just did it today.

My son was upstairs in his room, I was downstairs on the computer--lunch was ready. My cell phone was right there so I text him and told him it was ready.

I swore I would never do that. It takes me 2 seconds to get up and walk over to the stairs and call him down, but I reverted to this "voiceless technology"--why? It upset me and hopefully I won't do it again.

Don't get me wrong, I realize that all this new technology has it's advantages.

I love the fact that I am able to work out of my home and interact with people all over the world via the internet.

Even with my cell phone I get a sense of peace & safety in knowing that I can have contact with others at all times, as well as they with me.

But still, is all this technology changing the way we converse and interact with the world around us in a negative way--are we losing our ability to communicate face to face?

When at the restaurant the other day, I notice we were not talking as much as we use to. Why? Both my sons were texting and I decided to call my sister because they were texting. That's not right!

Actually, the next time we go out to eat, I am suggesting we shut our phones off until after the meal.

The texting appears to be more popular than talking, too.

At least with talking you hear emotion and voices, not with texting.

How about the rest of you, do you text in your house to each other? Do you prefer texting over talking?

Do you think this "voiceless" way of communicating is having a positive or negative effect on our daily interaction with people?
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