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Does Text Messaging Abbreviations Speed up Communication or Degrade Relevant Dialogue

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122

Perhaps you have noticed the challenges with text messaging, and how hard it is just communicating a simple idea, or how telling someone something can take four or five exchanges. I have found it completely frustrating and utterly inefficient. I'm sure you've had the same difficulty at times, when someone sends you back an abbreviated text; "how ru" and you say "fine" and they say "cool, what RU doing." Why all the nonsensical chatter?

Worse, if it is something which is important, some message that needs to be conveyed, it could take you 10 or 12 small bite communications back and forth before you even come to any sort of fundamental understanding over what the hell you're talking about. Indeed, I've sent extremely long messages to people, and they send back some one line gabled message with abbreviations that they received my message, and tell me that they will re-contact me later, but never do. You know, they get too busy, they forget about it. It probably would have been better if they had just waited and sent me a full e-mail later.

Sending back stupid abbreviations often kills the conversation, ruins the dialogue, and reduces the whole thing to irrelevancy, in which case why bother to do it at all. The other day, I mentioned to someone that I am not on Twitter, I am not on Facebook, and I don't send text messages. He indicated to me that I was a Luddite, and I laughed, because that's certainly not the case, I just don't find that technology of any real value. Indeed, I've always been on the leading edge of technology as it comes forth, but I don't see SMS as new technology, that is actually old technology, albeit coupled with current social networks.

Idle chitchat and nonsensical chatter is unworthy of my time, it's distracting, and it digs into the productivity of more relevant work. If you have nothing better to do in your life, and you don't care, then by all means tweet yourself into oblivion, and text message until the skin on your fingers falls off. But don't bother communicating with me, I have better things to do, and would like to take my mind and thoughts to a higher level, I am not amused, I don't think it's funny, and I don't need silly one-liner abbreviated humor to keep me giggling all day about nonsensical things through meaningless bursts of laughter.

And it's not that I can't do one-liners, I used to be the king of one-liners, but I have graduated from that. It's not funny, especially if you are trying to have a serious conversation, which you can't have with someone who has one of these devices. And mind you, I believe in freedom of communication, and you can do whatever you want, but I would submit to you that it is degrading relevant dialogue in our society. Indeed, I hope you will please consider this, and if you disagree, I'd love to hear your comments in a full-length e-mail, with a well thought out point of contention.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative eBook on Cell Phone Communication. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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