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Is texting ruining the art of conversation?
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My family often text up and downstairs instead of shouting for the simple convenience of not pissing of the neighbours with shouting. If you've ever heard anyone in my family raise their voice an octave or two you'd not want to hear it again...it carries for quite a way in my tiny village. However, I do believe that texting is ruining the art of social conversation, but not just texting - simply the speed of our lives.
Ten years ago I couldn't get my mum to leave me alone long enough to take a crap. Now, we talk through the kitchen ceiling because we're both too busy - I now have to tell HER, come talk to me if she wants to talk. Otherwise bog orf.
I'm not trying to be rude - but if its really worth saying, its worth saying properly. That's not to say that it doesn't help with long-distance communication. I wouldn't have half my friends without being able to pick up the blower or drop a text, but when I really want to talk to someone its got to be a proper conversation.
In that vein, anyone who wants to discuss this further - I'll talk to you at my local pub over a quiet pint, which I happen to find the ideal way to both spend [waste] time, and talk socially
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i totally agree with you for the last one, ever since my friend got he iphone shes like "omg u should really get texting" or "omg you should really get an iphone" and when ever we hang out shes always on her fucking iphone i hate them so much well texting in general.

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I'm quite articulate with both speech and typing. Texting always bothered me because it feels like a more asinine version of instant messaging. It's very difficult to convey good grammar on a tiny keyboard. Most people who were already exceptionally bad with grammar on the computer become heinously atrocious at it with text messages - some of which don't truly qualify as complete sentences. Texting actively encourages horrendous grammar would be my only gripe about it.

I know I come across sounding like the grammar police about it. Not to mention not everything I type is grammatically correct. To each his own is still my opinion on the matter.
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I prefer to talk to my friends over the phone, rather than text. Most people who text me I just ignore it, because I find them to be pretty impersonal and annoying.

If it was a friend's birthday, I wouldn't send them a text, I'd fucking call them up and ask how they were doing, catch up, and wish them a happy birthday.

The only exception is sexting. When I'm sending and receiving nudes, lol.
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Posted 6/5/12
Yes.
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I guess texting is just more convenient....many people don't pick up their phone so leaving a message can be better, however it's cool to hear someone's voice xD the person you're texting could have been hacked and be someone else ^_^" it's a matter of weighing up the advantages and disadvantages xD
Posted 6/5/12
not if you have no one to text
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Maybe for some. I always text full sentences and us punctuation and what not. Im almost as lively over text as i am in person.
Posted 6/5/12
I dnt thnk so @ all. Its a lot mor convinient thn talking.
Posted 6/5/12
Yes and No.

Yes, because people can no longer string a sentence or two properly without resorting to low level diction terms.

No, because we are paving way for a new form of communication known as: Abstract speak/writing/messaging.
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I have to agree with what a lot of people here are saying texing does seem like it is take over
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Posted 6/5/12
I'd rather go to my mom then have her have to come to me.
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Posted 6/5/12
Conversation isn't an art.
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26 / M / Arizona
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Posted 6/5/12
idk wut u mean. txting ruins nthng. lol. unless your the kid in my class who answered an entire short answer essay question in text shorthand. it was hilarious. but no. the only people hurting from it are the phone companies cuz people buy less minutes and just spend 10 bucks or whatever on unlimited texting. not that anyone cares about them, they make enough money as it is
Posted 6/6/12 , edited 6/6/12
Sad article. I've heard of other people actually doing that, even more so when it comes to greeting someone at the door. Some rather text now instead of ringing the doorbell or knocking. As if communication wasn't bad enough already. Just imagine how the route is going to go in the next 10 or so years.


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Socializing has died imo unless you have good friends who DO NOT do the following:

- think getting drunk is the only way to have fun/socialize and then brag about how drunk they are on Facebook.
- Drunk text their exes or boyfriends to get attention and start crying when they don't get a reply and expect you to comfort them in some stupid way.
- Would rather Facebook you than drive to your house for a proper conversation or you drive to their house to have a conversation.
- When you are actually in person, they look at their I-Phone 80% of the time that you're with them.

FUCK YOU. Not real friends imo


A few of my acquaintances does all of the above, except the first one. Reading this makes me glad I hardly talk to them anymore.
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