Skip to main content

My "luv"/hate relationship with the cell phone

Let me set this up for you. I am a 23-year-old who is pretty up to date with technology. I have had a cell phone since I was a junior in high school, and I have never paid for a land line. My cell is with me at all times. I am always "connected," and I feel lost without being able to flip the phone open any where to call my family and friends.

The emphasis in that last sentence is on the word 'call.' That's right, I don't text. It's not like I can't, it's just that I choose not to. I will send the occassional reply out of obligation, but I truly despise it.

Excuse me while I get on my soapbox, but I feel like texting is ruining the way we communicate. I am all for utilizing technology, but I have to draw the line somewhere. Obviously I am a fan of written communication. But "i luv u, pls visit me asap. lol. u r my bff" just doesn't do much for me.

It just feels so ... impersonal. I mean, when I want to check in on my college friend in Indianapolis, I give her a call and we talk for at least 30 minutes (sometimes an hour, oops!). We gab about work, relationships and life in general. I could never get the same kind of scoop from text messages back and forth all day. Yes, I give her the occassional facebook comment now and then (I'll give a post on facebook another day) but nothing catches us up more than a real conversation.

Aside from feeling impersonal, texting takes such. a. long. time.

I kid you not, this was a typical night in college with my friends.

Friend A would text friend B saying we all should hang out. Then it goes like this :

Friend B - "sure where do u want 2 go?"

Friend A - "we dont care. do u have any ideas?"

Friend B - "whatever u want"

Friend A - "how about bowling?"

Friend B - "where at?"

Friend A - "varsity lanes"

Friend B - "wheres that?"

Friend A - "down by wal mart"

Friend B - "ok, what time?"

Friend A - "how about 8?"

Friend B - "sounds good"

This my friends, is the shortened version of the conversation. It usually went on to include driving arrangements, other friends who wanted to come, how much it costs, and a few quips about my bad bowling skills. It seems pretty short, but with all the time it takes for the phones to send/receive the messages and for each person to read/respond, this conversation over text seriously takes at least 20 minutes. Who has time for that?

Now, if Friend A were to have called Friend B, the whole thing could have been figured out in five minutes flat. And we all could have bowled another game.

Oh, and don't get me started on the use of bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. You can argue all you want, but it really does make bad habits. I seriously had to go back through the above conversation to purposely make errors and talk in text lingo. And many a time while proofing a classmate's paper in class (mind you, a journalism class), I came across the use of "u" for "you" or "r u" for "are you." English teachers must be losing their minds.

Seriously, the solution is calling. Dial that number and talk. And if I don't answer, leave a voicemail. I like to hear voices (other than the ones in my head). Call me old fashioned, call me a spoil sport, but hey, just call me.

Am I the only one who despises texting? Is there something great about it I am missing? Leave me a comment below.


  1. I hate text messaging, I agree with you about picking up the phone and calling, but being on a cell phone all the time isn't good for you either, I know a lady that died from brain tumors and she had worked for a cell phone company for years and that is all that she had and that is what they said it was caused from, so are cell phones good to talk on or text on?

  2. GOOD JOB! Right on! Way to Go! Anyway, interesting reading and I agree completely! btw, u r doing a gr8 job! LOL!


Post a Comment

Share your thoughts with me.

Popular posts from this blog

Worth the Wait: Archer's Birth Story

Archer Wilden Brigle Nov. 11, 2016 7 lbs., 10 oz. 21 inches long
Archer's delivery only lasted a few (intense) minutes, but the tumultuous story of his arrival started several weeks prior. My pregnancy lasted FOREVER (or at least it felt that way) and, even though I knew he could be late, I was on pins and needles looking for ANY signs of labor as each day passed by. 
Oct. 31 - 40 weeks  Despite my best efforts to kickstart labor over the weekend, I was still pregnant on my due date -Halloween. This was good news for Kenlee because even though we had already participated in our local trick or treat on Saturday, I was willing to go out walking again so she could trick or treat a second time with her cousins (who live in another town). 

Nov. 2  My 40-week appointment was on a Wednesday afternoon. I was nervous/excited because I decided I would finally get my cervix checked and see what kind of progress I was making. Even though I'd had no other signs of labor at this point, I hop…

Dear Archer

Dear Archer,

It's almost time to meet you, so I thought I'd let you know a bit about the world you're about to enter. It might be warm in cozy in my belly right now, but trust me, you're going to want to come join us on the outside.

First of all, I think your daddy and I are pretty decent parents. You have your sister to thank for that ... we spent that last five and a half years with her as our crash-test dummy, trying to figure out what the heck we were supposed to be doing. We technically still have no idea if we're doing this parenting thing right, but since she turned out pretty awesome (and with just one broken bone so far), we're confident we haven't screwed it up too badly.

To be honest, your daddy and I weren't sure if Kenlee was going to be an only child ... But that's not to say you weren't wanted! Every time the subject would come up, we always knew we just weren't "done" yet. We always felt like someone was missing fro…

Disney World DVC rental: How we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for a FRACTION of the normal price

As you may recall, I spent approximately 18 months planning and saving for my family’s first trip to Disney World. We stayed Nov. 15-21, 2015, and I have to say every bit of research and budgeting paid off – big time. And, I can’t wait to share everything I learned.
But before I dive into any tips or tricks, I want to set the stage with the “stage” of our vacation: our resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge. This place is so incredible, it’s hard to describe. From the sights (animals grazing on the savanna), to the sounds (genuine African drummers), to the tastes (Indian and African dishes) and the smells (OMG I asked if they sold incense so we could take the scent home!!), every detail added to an immersive, amazing experience. 

Now, you may be wondering how we decided to stay here. I wish I could say we chose it after a lengthy comparison of features and costs … but really, we just got one hell of a deal. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for a good discount or clearance sale. And I fou…