One of my good friends in the blogosphere, Comeback Girl, canceled her text messaging plan because she felt that it was ruining her dating life. In a humorous “prank” call (I call it a prank cause it was funny and ludicrous), she let the rep know that apparently men text messaging her was in violation to the classic laws of chivalry. So … now no man (friend, family member, loved one, etc) is capable of text messaging her and the call was ended with “maybe now I can find a husband”.
*super deep soul wrenching triple sigh*
Let me start by agreeing …
I do believe that when text messaging is the sole form of communication and a person is impossible to meet in person or reach over the phone, this is bad. Obviously she shouldn’t reserve you to nothing more than 160 character messages littered with “OMG”, “SMH”, and “LOL”. If they really have an interest in you, this person is going to want to hear your voice, see you in person, and talk to you.
Now … here is where I “respectfully” disagree …
GROW UP AND EXCEPT CHANGE
Whew … I feel better.
Phones have not always been around. There was a time where you could not call the person you liked. You had to write letters, buy stamps, mail them off, and communicate that way. If they lived locally, you just stopped by in the hopes that they were home and available. If they were gone or busy, you took your ass back home and tried again some other time.
When the phone came around, did people say “What’s this bullsh*t! If he likes me … he wouldn’t call me … he would show up at my house and leave me a note. I don’t play this ‘technology’ thing. I want chivalry!”?
I hope not … cause it sounded stupid just typing it.
As we move forward in time … there are new forms of communication. We hold on to older ones for their purposes, but we embrace and utilize the new ones. Just because there is email … we didn’t give up on the postal system. Just because there are cars don’t mean we have to walk 10 miles to show a person we love them. Most of these new things allow us greater access to the people we love and care about.
When I’m in a meeting and can’t call the love of my life, but I see a missed call from her … a simple “I’m in a meeting text” is better than the no response she would get before. Kinda shows I care enough for her not to worry.
I actually dated someone with no cell phone period. It was horrible. I couldn’t catch them on their way to or from work. There was no “I miss you” texts during the day and as soon as the time of our jobs shifted … communication became near impossible.
If killing texts is going to get someone a husband/wife … then all of us that are single and searching should cancel our cell phones and just have a house phone, disable all of our email accounts, give up on IM, and no fax machines either. Since the person will have to make sure that they call you at the exact 4 hours a day you are at home … then they must love you! (Or your cheating on them and don’t want to give them easy access).
Please … everybody who buys into this … lets cut the bullsh*t. Embrace the great things technology has brought us … just ensure their not misused and abused. Stop making these crazy demands under some archaic principles. The problem isn’t the text messages … the problem is the person who is sending you nothing but them. Attack the problem at its core. Life will be better …
Text messages has not and will never kill romance … people who don’t care kill romance!