Texting is a fundamentally sneaky form of communication, which we should despise, but it is such a boon we don’t care. We are all sneaks now. (Lynne Truss)
I could write hundreds of posts on all the problems that texting has caused in society, but I’ll narrow it down (for now).
Is there anything worse than planning a nice evening or afternoon at a good restaurant only to spend the entire time sitting across the table from somebody who has his or her nose in a smartphone?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out for dinner and looked across the restaurant or bar to see a couple completely ignoring one another as they text. It’s weird! Why spend money and put on pants when you’re just going to sit there and text or play Candy Crush? Not only is it strange to see as an observer, but it is beyond careless to your date or friend. It has gotten so bad that some restaurants have taken it upon themselves to fix this social disgrace. A few different places offer discounts on meals for patrons who choose to leave their smartphones in a secure area away from the tables. This isn’t a bad idea, but the fact that texting is so much of a problem that restaurants are stepping in is ridiculous!
If I were on a date and I’d spent hours primping and making myself look nice, I would feel really crappy if my guy turned out to be one of these super rude, texting fiends! What this kind of behaviour says is me is that my date doesn’t value our time together or is uninterested in what I have to say. That’s probably not the intention of my date, but his texting suggests otherwise.
I think that texting while spending time with someone just comes down to selfishness and not thinking about others. It’s not that texters are trying to be mean or ignore their friends and dates, it’s that they aren’t paying attention. Their needs come first. They’re too plugged-in and so their sense of urgency to reply to seemingly-unimportant contact is heightened because communication is instantaneous.
I’d like to clarify: I’m not saying that you can’t text during dinner or that you can’t answer important messages. I’m just saying that it is also important to respect the people you’re with and your time together.
If you’d like to learn/think more about texting etiquette, check out this link!
Because this is likely the first of a few texting posts, I’ve kept it short.
Stay classy and true,
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Mckee, Maralee. “Seven Ways to Text with Graciousness and Savvy.” Manners Mentor Inc.: You at Your Best., 02 010 2013. Web. <http://www.mannersmentor.com/only-at-work/seven-ways-to-text-with-graciousness-and-savvy>.