Letter: Cells, texting reduce real time

October 30, 2013 

I applaud Dan Bonney’s Compass and comments (Tuesday) on Julia O’Malley’s article in early October on the use of cellphones. I enjoy her writing but think she’s way off regarding the safety of cellphones when driving or cells and texts improving communication. Actually, the reverse is true. Texting is used far too often rather than one-on-one, in-person communication or verbal conversation via cells.

Recent research indicates that teenagers spend more time texting their friends than actually talking to them — either on a phone or face-to-face. Ms. O’Malley seemed to indicate that texting is a vital form of socializing that increased communication. Actually, it cuts down on “real time” socializing.

Teens (and adults) are missing a vital aspect of face-to-face interactions when they rely too heavily on texting or emails. Cell phones and texting can be very addictive to teens or adults. What is so important that an actual real-time encounter with another human should be interrupted by responding to a cell call or text? It’s sad when responding to a cell call or text is more important than the person you’re with at the time.

— Barb Baum


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