Since the dawn of the technology age, man has wondered which is more crucial to use on your cellular device: texting or talking on the phone. Both are crucial to staying connected, but which one is more important? Which one is critical for all types of events that will occur in your life? Which should be done more often?This article is designed to help the reader make an educated decision on which one is more important.
Texting has certain advantages over talking on the phone. One advantage is how ‘swift’ it is . Texting is straight to the point. Sending a quick message to family and friends with text messages are pretty easy. For example, let’s say that a teenager has to pick up his brother from middle school because his brother has a doctor’s appointment on this particular day; the teenager’s mother can just text her son instead of calling him while he is in the middle of class. Now most public schools disallow texting while in class, but in a life or death situation, texting is key. Just shoot the text to a friend or family member and they will get the message. Also texting is useful when a person is in a crowded or noisy area. At a concert, for example, talking on a cellular device is irrational because it is loud.
A second advantage for text messages is the fact that it is much cheaper than actually talking on the phone. On most non-unlimited plans, text messages cost only 15 cents (per text which is 160 characters) in America while talking on the phone can cost anywhere from a dollar or more a minute. Even on an unlimited plan, text messages can cost 20 dollars a month while calling can cost much more.
A last major advantage that texting has over talking on the phone is the ability to think about what one might say before texting back the friend. When someone sends a friend a text message, that friend has the chance to review the message, save the message, and have more time to think about how to reply back. Talking on the phone can get awkward at times because occasionally, there are pauses in the conversation and nobody really knows how to contribute to the conversation. This is called a stand-still and if someone is at a stand-still, it can be very nerve-wracking and can almost kill the conversation if a new topic does not come to light in a few moments. Some people have a slow thought process, so it takes more time to think of something interesting to say. When texting, there is usually more time to think about what to say next. Because sending text messages is slower than actual verbal conversation, thoughts almost seem to flow a little bit more clearly and, therefore, interesting dialect can every now and then emerge. Also when texting, saving conversations is something that is done more easily than with phone calls. Yes, saving phone call conversations is possible, but it is hardly ever done. Obtaining phone-recording devices can be costly and phone-recording is used mostly in police investigations. Saving texts messages is free and most cell phones have this ability. Saving text messages from a boyfriend, girlfriend, or a good friend is extremely popular in this day and age.
Talking on the phone comes with many benefitstoo. Some people prefer talking on the phone because of one major reason: emotion. When talking to a friend, one can hear emotion which includes: crying, laughter, or embarrassment. A text message shows these emotions very poorly. For example, to express sadness in a text message one might have to say, “I’m sad,” and/or use the infamous colon-parentheses combination. When talking on the phone, one might get a better feeling that the person that they are talking to is actually with them. Texting can betoo dry and has no voice or mood.
Talking is more detailed then texting. This is the second and final reason why talking on the phone is more important than texting. Explaining things over text messages is a monstrous task. Texting is slower therefore more challenging and can only fit 160 characters in a single text. Talking on the phone makes explaining things much easier than texting because ideas and a myriad of information seem to flow well and faster than typing on a small keyboard.
So which is more crucial: texting or talking? Honestly, it depends on the person. If a person is very talkative and social, he or she might prefer talking. Since this person is talkative, he or she can probably formulate ideas quicker and therefore not have to pause to think about something. If another person was shy and anti-social, he or she might prefer text messages. Which one is more important? It really depends on the location. Usually, high school teachers forbid cell phone usage in classrooms, so students (who might even be talkative)might have to resort to texting in secret to still stay in close contact with the person they would have liked to call. Vary your options and do not always just call or just text because there are varieties of people out there that prefer either one.