Texting is ruining the art of conversation


Liana Gorobchuk

Freshman Liana Gorobchuk demonstrates the act of texting on her iPhone.

Liana Gorobchuk, Staff Reporter

People use texting more often than talking in person, and that has a big impact in our world. You cannot see someone’s facial expressions and hear their tones while texting. Messages are very likely to be misinterpreted and misunderstood, and staring at a screen and texting all day can be bad for you as well. When you have an ability to communicate in person, you should always do so. 

When you are texting someone, you cannot see the person, and the person cannot see you. This means that you can’t see their emotions through facial expressions, and you cannot hear the tone of their message. You also can’t see their eye contact, their gestures and their body language. These cues lead to stronger connections between two people in a face-to-face conversation.

Messages that are sent through text can be easily misinterpreted and misunderstood. When a person cannot hear the tone of the message, they may read it in a different tone, which can make the person sending the text look bad because of what they said. When someone sends a message to one of their friends, for example, and when the friend reads their message in a different tone, their mood all of a sudden changes, this could lead to conflicts and misunderstandings that are avoided when communicating in person.

In the age of COVID-19, we are living in a virtual world, and texting is the only form of communication for some. However, there are so many other forms of communication,  like a phone call, which would be more like an in-person conversation. When you and the person that you are texting are in the same place and you text each other because you are too lazy to get out of your seat, this makes you stare at a screen once again. If not a single person in this world had a face-to-face conversation, can you imagine what the world would look like? There would be a lot more waiting around for replies, as opposed to real conversations where responses are in real time.

Texting is ruining the art of conversation, and it does have a large impact on the world. Texting has a lot of negative aspects like not seeing the reader’s facial expressions and emotions and not hearing their tone of voice when they send a message. Simple things like misunderstandings and even conflicts can happen when you are using text messaging instead of face-to-face conversations. In the morning, instead of grabbing your phone right away, the first thing you should do is say “Good morning!” to someone. When you have an ability to communicate in person, you should always do so because that is always the best form of communication.