Thursday, July 25, 2013

Have You Jumped On The Texting Bandwagon?

“People have entire relationships via text message now, but I am not partial to texting.
I need context, nuance and the warmth and tone that can only come from a human voice.”
- Danielle Steel -

It seems everyone is using text messaging these days with the exception of me, my husband and a handful of other people. And our non-texting world is getting smaller and smaller as the years go by.


No matter where I am, I notice a lot of people sitting/standing/walking with phones in hand, heads down, fingers typing frantically as they fire off messages.


It has dawned on me that I’m way behind with all the devices. In every way. I am clueless when it comes to the latest gizmos and gadgets, and don’t even truly understand exactly what iPhones, iPads, iPods, BlackBerries, Netbooks, etc, are, or what they really do.


As I wrote awhile back, I have a seriously outdated cell phone that rings less than once a month, and is certainly not equipped to handle texting. A handful of people have the number in case of emergency, and I fill it up once a month just to keep it from expiring. And I’m fine with this. Because I don’t want to be plugged in. All day. Every day.


It’s not that I don’t enjoy social media (I’m here); I just don’t want to be connected around the clock. I get on my computer at specific times, and completely disconnect after that. No laptop, no texting, no nothing... Once I walk away from my system and step out into the world, I can’t be contacted. For some people this would be a nightmare. For me it’s a blessing. And a necessity.


How do you feel about all this? Are you part of the texting world? And if you are, did you climb onboard right away or did you put up a good fight before you gave in? Or are you a member of the ever shrinking text-resistant club I’m in?

Outdoors with a camera in hand and near the water...that's where you'll find me.

31 comments:

  1. I was at a restaurant, the other day, and noticed that people weren't visiting with the ones they came with or with their children...they were busy texting others..or whatever. I see it everywhere. People barely notice their surroundings... I find it sad and won't do it. I do have text capabilities with my phone and will occasionally use it, but it does not make up my day.

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    1. I know what you mean. I have to remind my daughter regularly to put away the phone when we're out together and focus on the people she's with. I've tried to explain that it's rude, and she'll argue that for her generation things are different. I hadn't realize that being rude is now acceptable ;)

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  2. Good for you for being present and not succumbing to modern technology which is turning people into robots.

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    1. I just don't want to be connected at all times. I feel liberated from the rat race when I'm out enjoying myself without being weighed down by technology.

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  3. Greetings, sister Luddite! I've never texted in my life and by gawd, I'm proud of it. I don't have a cellphone either. I do have an iPad but I hate it, so that counts too. I prefer using a desktop computer or, in a pinch, a laptop although I'm not thrilled about them either. I need a mouse!

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    1. We are a small but willful group, Debra! Completely unplugged but totally happy! FREEDOM! LOL...

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  4. I'm anti-text. I actually got it blocked on my phone

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    1. Good for you, Adam! Focus on human contact...in person!

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  5. I actually got rid of my cell - it NEVER rang and I never dialled - seemed ridiculous to be paying exorbitant bills every month for something that sat idle in the bottom of my purse.................
    But now that I don't have it - I kind of miss having it LOL -
    I'm really way behind in the tech world - don't know how I have a blog really lmho
    XOXO

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    1. I've kept my cell phone alive for emergency purposes, or for my family to be able to reach me if I'm out for long, but other than that, I never use it. I just don't want to get caught up in the 'always plugged in' world that I see around me. There is a certain freedom in resisting this!

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  6. I tried texting but I don't get it at all. Why would anyone prefer reading words rather than hearing the voice of another human being?? I asked someone and they said it was for privacy. Ha. There's no privacy on the net. Love your photos Martha!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Francie!

      I like one on one contact. The texting world is just not for me. And I certainly don't want to be plugged in all the time.

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  7. Contradictions of information age!! I think, too much of anything will eventually cease.

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  8. Beautiful photos! I text a lot, helps me keep in touch with my kids (18 and 21). And I have an old Blackberry smartphone that needs to be upgraded to maybe an Iphone or Samsung, but I am resisting change and having to figure out new stuff.

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    1. I might add that many teenagers have become zombies, buried in their cells and laptops and rarely communicate face to face, I mean conversation!

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    2. I have kids around the same age (16 and 21), and the younger one has tried to talk me into getting a phone plan and new phone that I can text with. I said no way! If she needs to contact me, she has to call home. A lot of parents are now texting to keep in touch with their kids, which I can certainly understand.

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  9. Also a non texter.
    No mobile phone at all.
    I read Twitter and play scrabble on Facebook under another name and I have no 'friends' there.
    My blog is my great investment in the internet.
    My real friends drop in and bring coffee. xx

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    1. I have a cell phone for emergencies, but other than that, it sits idly. I do enjoy blogging, but it doesn't take up my life either. When I step away from my computer and out into the world, I'm totally disconnected! I enjoy one on one contact. Nothing like the real thing!

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  10. Now I am beginning to understand why our phone never rings! Everyone 'texts' now! And we don't. That's OK....we love the quiet here.

    Love these photos Martha....special note to 'White Building and Reflection' and the last one of you!

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    1. My husband sneaks in photos of me. He says if he didn't, there'd never be an image of me since I'm the one taking all the pictures all the time.

      Yes, that's why your phone never rings! People are trying to text you, and you're not texting back! LOL... But hey, it looks to me like you're having a grand old time anyway.

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  11. I hate being "plugged in" and so, no, I don't text. I think people miss so much of the real world when they are busy texting in the virtual world. It is now a fact that most teenagers are unable to communicate verbally face to face because they are so used to texting.

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    1. When the kids were here for Alex's birthday, I swear to you Cathy that most of them were plugged into something throughout the whole time. Even when we sang happy birthday, they were focused on their phones or games or whatever. It was really weird! Not for me. No thanks...

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  12. I am with you. The last few months I have been unplugging. A cell phone for emergencies that does not text. No more Facebook, Twitter or any other social media other than blogging. I still e mail because I think we are stuck with that for a while and because I work nights it is the only way people can get a hold of me and vice versa.

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    1. The thought of being connected at all times freaks me out. I want to be free! LOL... I have a desktop, and that's how I plug in every now and then. But when I step away, I'm free!

      Email is something that I don't mind at all.

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  13. Where are you sitting? It looks like such a beautiful place! I love being around water too! Mommy is totally clueless about all these things, she only knows how to text! She says she quite likes texting because then you can choose when you want to talk, and how much and how long.

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    1. The photo was taken in Confederation Park, which is located on the banks of the Gananoque River in Gananoque, Ontario. It's a beautiful town about 20 minutes from where we live. We go there often to walk around, eat and take photos of the swans that are always there in the water.

      Your mom is right about being able to choose when to talk and for how long when it comes to texting, but I still refuse to sign up! I'm digging in my heels. LOL...

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  14. I only text for work. I'm a reporter and my editor likes me to text her after I've covered a story. Other than that, I have an old fashioned phone that is never on when I am not working.

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    1. Work is a totally different thing. That's where it comes in handy, and is much more important. As for every day life, it's just not necessary for me.

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