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Is texting ruining the art of conversation?
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Here's what you do whenever you go out to eat. Everyone puts their phone at the center of the table, and the first one to touch theirs (except for receiving a call) has to pay for the person to their right. I can't stand some1 playing on facebook and ignoring the rest at the table.
Posted 6/6/12
My mom thinks so. She doesn't understand why I can't just pick up the phone and talk to someone. She also busted me several times for lying via texting. I think texting, or IM allows a person to be bolder in their language because you don't actually see the person you are conversing with and they can't hear the tone of your voice. They can't actually confirm how you actually feel or sound like when you lie, or say something offensive, funny, bold, outrageous, etc.

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No. But it's ruining the art of good spelling.
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It's kind of a mixed bag. Awesome technology, irritating implementation.

Luckily, a lot of these things tend to self correct.
Even beyond the ebb and flow of crazes (Disco, for instance), each generation is so good at taking The Way Things Are as the very lowest baseline of reality, and their own personal foundation for whatever they think should be built.
When you're mixed up in it as it's happening it feels huge and snarly, but once it's The Way Thing Have Always Been, it's fair ground for renovation.

I like to think, even if this generation is completely ruined forever, the kids who were forced to grow up with a movie industry that was completely convinced "It's either a cheesy terrible kids movie, or breasts everywhere so many breasts", have turned pixar into a behemoth of fun for the whole family entertainment.

The entitled little brats (Get off my lawn!) coming up will either consider it ridiculous and save us all, or see it as an inherent part of communication and refine it into a proper new language.

It'll be like living in a world of stenographers.
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Yup agree with what you said good post
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Rina-San wrote:

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


Could not agree more, unfortunately
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I think it's true. Less time talking to actual people = more time to browse the web/ be exposed to media.
oh god, I see these 12 year old girls, wearing slutty clothes and act as though they're in their late teens/20s.
All I see over facebook is rumours, bullying and stupid remarks that they will regret saying later.
At first i saw a post about a 6/7 dance. I was like "awh that's cute, I remember those, I used to make a big deal out of those too"
and then I see girls wearing tube tops, more eyeliner than me and posing in provocative photos. "Grade 7 2012 edited on the bottom"
no, I dont stalk them, I have some of my friends' little siblings...

The ironic thing? it's all posted using Blackberries, and iPhones. I dont even have a phone activated.
I think texting has not only taken away from normal conversation, but it has also decreased empathy levels and self awareness.
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Recently my Grandfather died and we where going through his safe. I found a stack of letters from my Great-grandfather to my Great-grandmother while he was overseas in World War I. I read them and couldn't believe the content. The entire letters where like reading poetry. People back then actually used grammar. They all began with "My Dearest Wife" and not "Sup", and not one ended with a "<3".
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Has anyone else noticed that those saying texting is not ruining conversation, can neither spell, nor go an entire sentence without using an acronym. Quite a feat considering the auto spell check. One must hope they were being "ironic".
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Posted 6/12/12

deli8079 wrote:


Rina-San wrote:

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


Could not agree more, unfortunately


With you guys

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Posted 6/12/12 , edited 6/12/12
Yes.


...oh, I guess I should expand on that. Way too many people are afraid of talking in person, and are addicted to texts. I remember my roommates got a small text plan at first... about 500 per month. It didn't take long for them to upgrade that to unlimited. I've always had a pet peeve about talking on the cell phone while holding an in-person conversation; now it seems that one can't do anything without hearing several cell phones going off with people getting texts. Even going to dinner, one of my roommates is texting the whole drive, and texting during half of dinner! I'm at the point where tact is gone- turn the fucking thing off! If you're going to be rude to the people you're with, you're not getting any politeness out of me. And I will say it in person.

Oh, and other posts. Yes, I also agree about that list with "friends." If you're only an online friend and not willing to call or visit despite just being down the street (or in another room!), then you're not friends. And that bit about cell phones in the table isn't strict enough. Cell phones should be off at dinner, the ONLY exception being for emergency personnel. Turn the phone off, then put it in the middle. First person to touch their phone pays the whole tab, or first phone to ring pays for everyone's dessert. (Unless they take the phone to answer it, in which case now they pay the whole bill for touching the phone first.)
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Posted 6/12/12
Text makes it easier for people to converse so i understand why it's preferred but i, on the other hand, prefer real conversation in person. I find it more fun and you can learn more from a person from their actions than by their text.
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Posted 6/12/12

TheCoolAlchemist wrote:

No. But it's ruining the art of good spelling.


Spelling is an art?
Posted 6/12/12
OMG VODKA Y U NO TALK

today is such an awesome day, I just dunno if there's any base to it
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Posted 6/12/12
wow the first post was so long.

no i don't think so. :/ the people who think that don't know how to text properly.
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