I know hate is a strong word. I know some of you try to teach your kids not to say hate. But I love the word. It helps me to express how I feel about certain things. And today it is going to help me express how I feel about texting. Now remember I am not into having the latest technology craze. Remember I have a dial up modem and even a phone that...gasp...still has a cord :) Remember I often have to ask my kids questions about how to do certain things on the computer. Also remember I have only been in a cell phone store of any kind 3 times in my life. So my opinion will probably not count for much but I have to talk about it regardless because it is really bothering me.
For at least a year Madeline has been asking for texting. It was ALL that was on her Christmas list it was ALL that was on her birthday list it was ALL she ever talked about. I knew I would never, ever cave on the texting issue. I love it when you know you are strong in your belief and you know without a doubt that you will never cave and ALL the begging, bribing, promises and wheedling go in one ear and out the other. I was so thrilled when I discovered I was SO strong that I could tune out all texting related conversations in our home very effectively. I mean you can rarely use the words strong and Jennifer in the same sentence. But in all my, "I am so strong talk" I did forget one small detail, communicating with the husband about the being strong thing.
So last week Brian J Baird caved and got the kids texting. The kids are paying for it. But they do not care about that they are too busy worshipping their dad. He says it is only for a thirty day trial so I am interested to see how everyone feels when in thirty days I insist on the texting ending.
I have always been a little curious if all my strong reasons for not wanting texting really would come true so I have been watching very curiously to see how the children handle texting. Some of my reasons for not wanting it were that:
It makes it so you can communicate with someone when you should be doing something else....like listening. I have two boys who often texted in Seminary thinking I did not see them. I have already seen my girls texting in places they should not be texting but instead should be listening and verbally communicating with people around them.
It encourages sneakiness. Because you are trying to communicate with someone when you know you should not be.
It makes it so you do not have to talk to anyone.
I found out that the first text message was sent in 1989 from New York City to Melbourne Beach Florida. But texting did not really take off until many, many years after that. By 2006 72% of Finland, Norway and Sweden texted. For Europeans it was 85%. For North Americans it was closing in on 40% by the end of 2006. The numbers were staggering about how many texts are sent in a month and so much more but I think the thing that clinched it for me and strengthened my resolve to make sure texting leaves the Baird house were several studies that compared the addictiveness of texting to the addictiveness of cigarette smoking.
I know oh so many people that do not agree with me on this subject but I strangely can not back down on my feelings about texting. I have never seen it used considerately. The only time I ever thought texting would be useful was when Madeline was at a concert and I needed to be able to find out where to meet her but it was too loud at the concert to call her and be able to hear her. But it worked out anyway and we found each other and she made it home so that she could beg for three more long years after that to get texting :)
So how does texting enrich your life? :)