FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: OMG, Txts r taking over conversation

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’ve noticed for some time now that the art of face-to-face conversation is slowly slipping away into extinction.

By Josh Peterson, editor

Fancy gadgets, text messaging, Yahoo messenger, email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media have changed society.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m the first person to use most of these tools. But I remember growing up I did pick up the telephone – the “old fashioned” land line – and called my friends to talk and had to actually talk to my parents face to face or on the phone verbally if I wanted something.

OMG, wut waz dat like? You see 2day, all a kid has to do is run his or her fingers over a few keys and have conversations for hours without uttering a word. And kids are getting cell phones at younger and younger ages, opening them to the world of social media and instant conversation all day and all nite.

Most all conversation is handled through text. It’s not just the youth. Adults are becoming enamored with the convenience of modern technology. But most of these adults learned the “old fashioned” way, with firm handshakes, eye-to-eye contact and the ability to read body language and put together an intelligent conversation.

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But that was 10 yrs ago, who needs those things now?

Now we interpret emotions through a smiley face :) . Lol, my how things have changed. (“Lol” means laugh out loud, BTW < by the way) Try to keep up.

Are today’s youngens’ learning these non-school taught, yet ever-important skills?

Until a job interview can be conducted in text code, maybe it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Let me set the record str8, technology is a good thing. The tools at our exposal are endless and can actually enhance the learning experience in school. Actually, Central High Skool is putting those theories into practice this yr with online learning, student email and more.

But there should be a balance. Soon, I fear, cursive writing will no longer be taught in favor of speed texting. Respect could be moving out soon, too. Don’t raise your hand to answer a question, just Tweet the teacher.

After that it’s only a matter of time before the English language makes changes to allow for terms such as Lol, OMG, BTW, BRB and the many other short messages that fill up phone inboxes.

I just hope that when I’m old I’ll still be able to talk to a person and not a zombie who doesn’t know how to make me laugh in my nursing home.

OMG, I should worry.

-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He can be reached by email at

mteditor@lcs.net or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

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