Texting the new way to communicate

There’s a joke going around. A parent is talking to his daughter and announces, “There is a new electronic invention available.”
“You can listen to people talk. You can speak back to them,” he tells her. “You can talk from anywhere in the world. You can hear their feelings.
“It is like sitting and talking to someone across the table.”
“What is it?” the daughter asks.
There was an interesting article that came across the wire service last week which stated young people were more likely to text one another rather than call them. Texting has become the new way of communicating.
I found it rather difficult to understand that the letters on a phone were more appreciated than a phone call, and that young people preferred to communicate that way.
I guess I’m not alone.
But it is the new reality. Upon further investigation, I have learned most phone companies do not charge very much for texting because the messages take very little time to transmit and receive.
On the other hand, talking on your cellphone takes much more time and is costly. Young people have adapted to this new way of communicating.
When they are on the phone, the questions and answers often beg for follow-up and the time continues to grow. As a teenager, I can remember hour-long phone calls back and forth and being told that other people would like to use the phone in the house.
The phone was not mine to monopolize.
Some of my friends even persuaded their parents to give them their own phone lines. Some restrictions applied, of course, including that long distance calls could not be made. But that freed up the main phone in the house.
Today, it seems that as part of a rite of passage, parents give their children a phone so they constantly can be in contact. The kids have become adroit at fingering the keys and have created a whole new shorthand language to talk.
I have a Blackberry and typing messages on it is a chore. Younger people must have skinny fingers. I think my fingers are too thick, and I seem to spend as much time backspacing removing spelling errors as going forward writing.
I have yet to master texting.
My cellphone contains very few cell numbers. Most of the phone numbers on my cell are for landlines—and landlines really don’t have the texting option.
When it comes to business, I find that a call to a person is much most useful even though e-mail is the format that seems to have become the tradition. A phone call allows for interacting, supplying all the questions and achieving answers and clarification if necessary.
E-mail allows a line of communication that you can trace all the way back and keep following the discussion. However, it may take four or five exchanges of questions and answers to finally reach a conclusion.
Etiquette seems to imply that a sent e-mail should be answered immediately rather than at your convenience. One should keep their e-mail open and active at all times, and responses should be instant.
Its advantage over the phone is that a business line could be tied up and the person would not immediately respond to a phone message whereas the e-mail sits on the desktop waiting for a response.
Electronic communication with e-mail, texting, and Facebook seems to be the norm.
Why is it that the sound of a voice talking with you seems so frightening to the younger generation?

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