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We Don't Talk Anymore - 10/31/13

  When texting started becoming the rage, I'll admit I wasn't much of a fan.  It seemed impersonal to me.  We were communicating but we weren't talking.  I couldn't hear the inflection in your voice.  Sarcasm is harder to identify when relying solely on the written word.  That's all still true, but I have changed my mind about texting.

  While I still prefer talking to people, I text quite a lot.  I've come to understand I can get a text message in and an answer back during times I absolutely can't answer the phone and you can't either.  I can receive and respond to a text in a meeting, movie, you name it.  And I have.  I can send a text and not break connection with my family to do it. 

  It's just a flat out faster way to communicate in many cases.  I know this never happens to you, but I find I can send a text without getting bogged down in a potentially protracted conversation that I may not be in a position to have.  There, I said it.  I'm a fan.  I have moved from reluctant texter to frequent flyer.  How about you?

 

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