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Hello SOTGC community,
If you understand texting abbreviations you would know the boyfriend just told his girlfriend he sees a toupee blowing in the wind. She replies with laughter; he replies he is crying with laughter and she ends with a kiss. Are you confused with the texting symbols? If you’re like me, and not up on the latest texting symbols, you understand.
Typically this time of year I would write about New Year’s Resolutions. This year is different. Lets talk about what you intend to quit this year? Is it a bad habit? Will you quit eating the extra donut? Perhaps it’s smoking or putting an end to a bad personal or business relationship? Could it be a program in your business that is sucking the life out of you with no reward? Only you can answer what you will quit.
I’ve decided to quit texting. I’ve added an instant reply to my iPhone “no texting – if you want to speak with me pick up the telephone and call me.” This decision was not made easy, but after weighing the pros and cons of this bad habit I chose to quit.
Pros: Researchers are saying we are texting on average of 41.5 text messages a day? That’s a lot of symbols I simply don’t understand. If we add smiley faces and talk in code, this is good for our mental health. People feeling lonely and depressed will have improved moods when they receive a text. In business texting is convenient and quick. Others feel power when texting; especially to someone they don’t want to speak with face-to-face. I guess texting has its benefits. LOL
Cons: The same researchers say texting is counterproductive. Teens who text in excess are more likely to feel depressed, are more agitated, poor students, and get this, they are more likely to have sex, drink, and do drugs. Really? Lets throw in Rock n’ Roll. Oh, the irony of it all. Unless your living under a rock, it is unmistakable that texting and driving is hazardous to your health and others! Texting is creating social isolation and miscommunication. Here are two examples:
My niece tells me she and her fiancé have communication issues. She continued to tell me instead of calling or discussion important issues they text. Each has a different understanding of the text and creates friction. Just like sending an email, texting can be misinterpreted by the reader – and even worse if you don’t understand the symbols.
You’ll enjoy this story! My daughter sends a text announcing her engagement. Are you kidding me? I wouldn’t acknowledge, which caused friction. I got this message recently “LYAO.” Do you know what this means? I had to look it up.
The list of negatives far outweigh the benefits of texting, therefore I quit texting, unless in emergency situations – of course.
I feel such a richness when I write and share my stories with my friends…with you.
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