Are there times when you would prefer an old-fashioned, telephone conversation over a steady stream of text messages?
Back when I first began text messaging, one of my girlfriends informed me that my text messaging skills left much to be desired. Simply stated, my friend is a prolific, text messaging whiz. Me – not so much. Luckily, my friend and I have been great buddies since we were young girls. And, when you’ve been good friends with someone for over 40 years, you tend to accept and love each other unconditionally – even if one friend uses up a majority of the other friend's monthly allotment of text messages.
Text Messages Gone Wild
The truth is, I've never mastered the art of text messaging jargon and quite frankly, I've never actually tried. Writing in "text-eze" simply feels awkward and unnatural to me. What can I say? Clearly, I embrace other methods of modern technology. Even so, creating abbreviated text messages, for some reason, has never been one of my strong suits. Of course, I don't mean quick, spur of the moment, hey-I'm-looking-for-a-parking-space-I'll-be-right-there-kind-of-messages. I mean conversations with lots and lots of details. And, many of my conversations fit into that category.
With voice recognition text messaging software on my smartphone, texting like I talk is now easier than ever before!
Best. Invention. Ever. With the ability to dictate text messages, I can text like I talk with the greatest of ease. Consequently, whenever I text like I talk about something complicated, I will typically receive a telephone call within the first 2 to 3 text messages. Certainly, in my case, a telephone conversation could be significantly less labor intensive than texting. Also, in my opinion, telephone conversations are less prone to misinterpretation. Besides, I don’t care to send – or receive – long, drawn-out text messages about convoluted business or personal matters anyway.
Not to mention the fact that I'm fairly confident I am responsible for at least one enrollment in an unlimited text messaging plan.
So, if you’d rather have a chat with someone on the telephone versus the back and forth, tedious, seemingly never ending, many times cryptic and frustrating text messages – try texting like you talk. Chances are you’ll get a call quicker than you can type “Thx.”