Seriously? Is It Just Me…

Seriously, reach out and touch someone.

Posted on: November 3, 2009

cell phone

I’m a child of the 80’s. The decade when it was a big deal to get cable TV, a VCR and call waiting. I didn’t grow up in this generation of technology where there are at least 10 different ways to communicate with your friends and family. When a boy wanted to ask me out on a date, he would call my “landline” (provided by Bellsouth) and if I was home I would take his call. If I wasn’t home, he’d have to leave a message with my mother and/or call back later. Really quite a simple concept. Ah, but then the world of technology took over.

Now, I’m a pretty progressive girl. In fact, you could call me a GeekChick, as I love my “electronicals” (gotta read the post behind this word). I’ve got my iphone, MacBooks (yes 2), and TiVo, and I’m on Facebook and Twitter (@mikamoser). Plus I work in the field of technology so I’m a little ahead of the curve on what is out there (be afraid…be very afraid). But I’m still struggling with this whole dating via text message phenomena that has suddenly become the norm. Everyday young singles, and some of us older ones, are getting the hook up and/or break up over text messages and yes, even Facebook. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I prefer some human interaction. If I like a guy, I want to hear the interest in his voice instead of trying to decipher a text message and his quirky spelling codes. Lets be real, we are seriously over using LOL.

Don’t get me wrong, I love text messaging. It’s quick and less intrusive than a phone call. However, according to research studies, only 7% of communication is actual words and 38% is from voice quality*, so you can see why the whole texting activity can be unsettling. We humans rely on voice tone, body language and facial expressions to effectively communicate. Without it, it’s like talking to a machine and personally I do that everyday with my computer.

I just wish we could stop hiding behind our gadgets and look a person in the eye when we break their heart or watch them smile when we ask them out. I suspect people would be more considerate of others feelings, maybe even think through what they are saying instead of letting a computer do the dirty work for you.

Be that as it may, I am trying to get to used to it, mostly because this has been the only way I’ve been able to actually get a date these days. However, the day I get asked out over Twitter, I’m turning in my dating card and buying a bunch of cats, seriously?

*Gotta love Wikipedia

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1 Response to "Seriously, reach out and touch someone."

Good News. I know where you can get a bunch of cats for free!
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