Brock: Texting: Can’t live without it
These days, most folks wouldn’t be caught dead without a cellphone in their hand and using it to text is almost mandatory, which is OK, as long as you don’t text while driving.
Watch a group of kids (anyone under 40) and they will be talking to each other while texting. I don’t know if they are texting the people they are with, others or a combination of the two.
Most of the people I know my age were slow to grasp the new cellphone feature when it rolled out and, like I thought, it’s just a new expense. Besides, it took longer to tap out a message with two clumsy thumbs than it did to simply call someone and talk.
The younger generation, smarter than mine, quickly developed a language made up of acronyms to speed up the process, thus becoming almost bilingual.
Send someone a text today asking them to do something. They are likely to respond with “K,” which is short for OK. Send another text thanking those “TKS.” Instead of getting “you’re welcome” text back, it will be “NP,” short for no problem. Ask someone if they are going to meet at a certain time, you are likely will get “OMW,” for on my way. Text a joke or something humorous, it will be followed with “LOL,” which means laugh out loud, and they think it is really funny and you should too.
Texting does make a whole lot of sense in these busy times because it also allows you to share photos and videos. Personally, I love when my kids send me a picture or video of my grandkids. Texts with photos of what someone is having for lunch? Not so much.
But again, the beauty of text is you don’t have to spend a lot of time to respond. I use texting a lot for communicating at work and with family.
I think the next step toward truly embracing the benefits would be at home with my wife. We have been together for 30 years and, most of the time, we know what the other is going to say before we say it, which is a good thing because we can’t hear anymore.
Texting makes sense and with a little practice, the usual dinner conversation could be a lot simpler replaced with texting.
Me: “HWYD” (How was your day?) Her: “K”
Me: “HWW” (How was work?) Her: “K”
Me: “WYWFS” (What you want for supper?) Her: “WE” (Whatever)
Me: “HWS” (How was supper?) Her: “K” Me: “TKS.” Her: “NP”
Her: “DTD” (Do the dishes). Me: “K” Her: “TKS” Me: “NP”
Her: “HOT” (Haul out trash.) Me: “K.” Her: “TKS.” Me: “NP”
Me: “WOT?” (What’s on television?) Her: (CF) “Chick flick.” Me: “No TKS.” Her: “K” Me: “OMW SC MC,” (On way way to watch SportsCenter in the man cave.)
Me: “GN” (Good Night). Her: “K LOL”
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