Texting Over Talking

One of my friends had a minor “rant” on Facebook the other day that I’m sure he wouldn’t remind me repeating here:

“Soapbox of the day: The advantage of texting is that you can relay information on your own time regardless of whether the recipient is available at that moment or not. If you are awakened or annoyed by the text alert on your phone, turn it off!”

I recently turned of a few Facebook text notifications because my phone was beeping every 5mins and each time I checked, I would get kinda bummed it was just a status comment instead of a “real world” interaction. “Lol funny post dude!” instead of “Wanna catch up over coffee?” *sigh*

These are some of the reasons this article caught my eye. Seems we are becoming a nation of Texters.

“Almost one-third of U.S. adults prefer to be reached by text message rather than a voice call on their mobile phone, according to a study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. Three-quarters (73%) of U.S. adults text and 83% of U.S. adults are mobile phone owners. The study found that when it comes to a preferred method of contact, 31% of adults would choose a text message, 51% would choose a voice call and 14% say it depends on the situation. Fifty-five percent of heavy texters — those who exchange 50 messages or more a day — prefer texting to talking. Young adults between 18-24 text most frequently, sending on average 109.5 messages each day or 3,200 texts each month.

The Clockless™ wave really helps us understand the motivations behind this trend. Many would consider themselves a fairly “hyper-life consumer” that appreciates 24 hour solutions. The Human Truth™ of the Clockless™ wave is: “I want what I want, when I want it.” I know it can read like a child throwing a tantrum, but think about how much that resonates with you.

That’s why people text. “I’ll get back to you when I can” “I can’t get into to chit chat right now so here is the crux of the issue at hand.” These are often the motivations behind why we are choosing text over talk.  So many products and services are stepping up to the demand for instant 24hr access via cell phones – heck, you can now text in a political campaign donation! However, I would say take heed of the social etiquette of texting too.  Phones are more personal than computers… you spam my phone and you will probably lose me.

sally

CultureWaves Blogger and Social Media Consultant Personal Twitter is: @salicious

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