Moi: Good grief, we SPOKE to each other! We didn't need to text a sibling to pass the salt across the table because we had the ability to open our mouths and issue forth a vocal request!
C: So, um.... what did you do?
Conversation is, apparently, a lost art. And I am, apparently, old-fashioned and mean. Because I won't give my children cell phones.
So, A called me wailing on the phone because she couldn't get a ride to the dance. "Mum! You've got to text J for me and ask her to come get me!" Well, this dilemna seemed to have an obvious solution. "Why don't you, um... I dunno, call her?!" I said.
"She won't pick up! She only texts!" (Of course, silly me! Why use a phone for TALKING?!) So ensued my initiation to texting. I sent J a text. It took twenty minutes. Is it just me or is this a really cumbersome and time-consuming way of communicating?
When you see five kids sitting in a row silently, they're not actually being silent - there is an intense discussion going on - heads tilted down, fingers hopping...
Can you see the IQs lowering?
When I tell the kids they're going to get "finger carpal tunnel" and hunch backs they look at me like I'm crazy.
When I look sideways, and scrunch my eyes a bit, I can actually see the lumps forming...
MM thinks if the situation had been reversed and talk was invented after text, then the kids would never stop talking, marveling at the ability to speak to someone far away in real time rather than typing every conversation. It just seems that communication technology is going backwards instead of forwards.
I wonder what the next NEW thing will be? Carving letters into rocks and hurling them at your friends house?