Sunday, December 18, 2011
To Text or Not to Text??
It took me a long time to get a cell phone. Now, my husband, daughter and I all have one. My hubby and I use ours mostly for touching base with each other. My daughter, like most teens, uses hers for texting. When I was a teen we used a telephone to communicate, some of my friends had their own phone line (I was SO jealous of those friends)!! In my family growing up, there were five of us sharing one phone line. There was no e-mail or texting or cell phones. Some of my friends (forgetting that I don't text), will say, "well, Cathy, I sent you a text about..." I have to gently remind them I don't text. I've told them, "I got your text, but don't know how to text you back!" My friends and daughter would be ecstatic if I started texting on a regular basis. My daughter has tried to give me "lessons." She'll say things like, "mom, all the other moms text." My response back has been, "well, this mom doesn't!" I am always on e-mail, I've told more than one of my friends, that I e-mail the way most people text. I've seen people texting in their cars. I see people do a lot of different things in their cars, but I have to say texting and driving is a pretty dangerous combination. About a year or so, I was in a parking lot and there was a man in the middle of the row of cars, texting away, completely oblivious to the fact I was right behind him in my car. I couldn't go around him, he was walking right smack in the middle! I didn't want to honk at him, I thought I would probably make him jump 10 feet in the air! After a few minutes, he finally figured it out and looked back at me, and then moved over. I know in certain situations it would better to text than try and call. This past Saturday afternoon, I was waiting for a phone call to pick up my daughter at school (she was riding back on a bus from a school event). She called me from the bus and said, "we're 20 minutes away, you can leave home and come up to the school now." When I got up there, neither she and/or the bus were anywhere around. After I sat there a few minutes, I looked over at my phone and thought well, no time like the present to attempt it by myself. Since my daughter had given me those "lessons" I sort of had a general idea what to do. I punched in a message and hit the send button, hoping I did it right. Much to my amazement, within five minutes she texted back!! When I asked her later what she thought of me texting, she said when she got my initial message, she almost fell off the bus seat! I'm not saying I'll be using texting as my main form of communication, but I think I feel confident enough to attempt more texting in the future. Could using an ATM be next?? I have NEVER used one. I guess I'll have to get my husband to give me "lessons" in using one of those!