Originally Posted by michaeljkrell
If you don't need this investment why should this conversation be going on in the first place? Texting or otherwise? Texting just promotes more interaction that is pointless because it is easier than calling someone up.
this is true some of the time. There are texts sent to convey nicenesses for which one might not bother actually calling. However, at the end of the day, most of the texting I do is to settle small matters related to business. Most texting I do is to (1) give an instruction/convey a piece of work-related information, (2) write out an address or (3) arrange the time for a meeting. For the third one of these, it is a very simple message that simply requires a time, place and question mark. I just don't see how this takes so much more time than calling, which often means disrupting someone while they are either at work or socializing. If I am either working or socializing, and I see that I have received a text, I can wait a few minutes to look at it when I have free time and then take appropriate action. If I receive a call, immediate action is usually demanded. It is harder to not pick up the call, and once I have picked it up, I am often quite distracted from what I have been doing. I submit that more time is wasted this way. Since I am often very busy at odd hours, I instruct my friends and others to text rather than call. Those rejecting text messaging should think carefully about this and not just be knee-jerk about it. None of the texting I do is silly messaging with teenage girls. Also, the point about having an easily accessible record is very important. If someone calls me, and I promise some sort of action, I do sometimes forget (say if I am in a bus and it is not convenient to make a note of what must be done). If I receive a text, I have a record and a reminder. Now, I don't even have a blackberry. I'm supposing that I will like that even more.