Texting is “In” Calling is “Out”

Ichien is a 16 year old who was born and raised in Queens, NY. During her free time, she can be found in the midst of crowded streets shopping, going to a movie theater, filming, reading or writing. She loves the bright city lights at night and adores the city that never sleeps. She has a passion for filming and writing and hopes that one day she can make use of her passion to inspire the world.

“OMG! LOL . . . TTYL.” SMS a.k.a. texting has become a rising teen trend. Remember when cell phones were invented and they became so popular that everyone wanted one? Cell phones used to be the way to conveniently communicate. Now society has upgraded to punching in letters on the QWERTY keyboard or the standard keypad on their cell phones producing a message to send to the receiver. That’s the new way of communication. Type, click and send. It’s as simple as that. Texting is a quick and easy way to get one’s thoughts to the other person. Who doesn’t love texting? However to every good thing, there’s always something bad that creeps up.

I present to you some of the advantages and disadvantages of texting:


1. You can multitask while having a conversation with the other person

Let’s say you’re watching Gossip Girl and a dramatic scene comes up or you’re watching So You Think You Can Dance and you just witnessed the most beautiful dance; You could easily text your friend while watching your favorite show.

2. Texting doesn’t require an internet connection

You can text wherever and whenever to whomever as long as you have service and a signal on your cell phone.

3. Texting is short and sweet

If you don’t feel comfortable calling someone who isn’t as close to you and you’re going to have a short conversation anyway, it’s easier to text the person. It’s also a good idea if you want to avoid a possible awkward silence.

4. Secret Conversations

Since texting doesn’t require a need to talk out loud, no one especially nosy people can
eavesdrop on your conversation.

5. Save money

If you have a texting plan, it’s way much cheaper than calling. Parents would be much happier about the phone bills and there would be less yelling in the house!


1. Texting is addictive

Sometimes when you get into the habit of texting, you can’t seem to escape it so it comes to a point where you sleep with your cell phone next to you. (I know people who do that LOL)

2. Texting while driving

Since texting becomes addictive, teens might end up responding to that text while driving. That is not a good idea considering the casualties that may come after a car accident due to texting. A life is more important than some text you could read later.

3. Etiquette is lost

You might not realize that it’s rude to start texting when you’re in a conversation with someone or a group of people at a social event. Being polite comes first so you don’t want to leave the other person with an impression of your rudeness. It’s best to try to keep that phone away!

4. Texting is just a bunch of words

Texting doesn’t reveal emotions so sometimes you can’t really be sure about the other person’s emotions. Let’s say your friend is really down and upset. The friend sends you a text saying, “Really, I’m fine. :)” From that text how can you be so sure that the friend
isn’t hurting inside? A bunch of words in a text can’t prove the real emotions. This is the best time to stop texting and to just call.

5. U can rite lke dis

When you’re so used to texting, you become prone to writing like this: “wen ur so used 2 txting.” Be careful of letting it become a habit because it might affect the way you write in essays.

There are two sides to everything. Good and bad. However, it’s best to balance both sides. Too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Other than that texting is a great invention. Text wisely!

Ttyl 4 now!

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4 Responses to “Texting is “In” Calling is “Out””

  1. Erik Wood
    August 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    As this article points out, there are many advantages to texting. I read recently that 65% of the money that flooded into the Haiti relief effort came from texted donations. We need to recognize these benefits when we discuss the down sides.

    That said, I cannot emphasize enough the dangers that texting while driving poses. For every 6 seconds a driver spends texting, 4.6 of those seconds are with their eyes off the road, which makes texting the most dangerous cell phone activity anyone can engage in while operating a 5,000 pound piece of steel and glass. This activity produces 6,000 highway deaths a year and that number is rising.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver in Seattle last fall. Instead of an expensive shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool that is a simple app for smartphones – low cost, no recurring fees. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner

  2. Dana
    August 19, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    Great Article, and so true!


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