I consider myself a semi-technophobe but
I use my mobile only for when the call cannot wait till I get home and for the same reason I couldn't do without a texting - in fact, I buy my handset according how easy it is to text - if it is, then dialing the numbers is going to be very easy. Predictive texting foxes a lot of people, especially because the software is not forgiving of spelling mistakes. The trick is not to stare at the screen but just "see the word in your head" as if you were spelling it to someone on the phone. lol One way to learn to spell correctly, me included!
The point of texting for me is that I can see addresses, telephone numbers and such information without any fear of me taking it down incorrectly, especially as I don't go round carrying pen and paper with me at all times. Paper can get torn or ink will be smudged: no problem there with text and I am less likely to loose my phone than bits of paper. It also teaches more efficient communication - I hardly ever use texting abbreviations - as it is still more awkward to text than natter on the phone trivialities for twenty minutes (especially if you don't have the time).
The second reason is that text is much more discreet way of getting in touch with someone who might be in a meeting. I might text my partner asking him to pick up the kids because I'm delayed at the dentist, knowing that he'll get the message in time - I could not know when it is convenient to phone him but a near silent beep will let him know there is a message waiting - that's even more discreet than a secretary bringing a note.
Here in England it is illegal to drive and be on the phone at the same time. Phone calls from someone when I'm driving doesn't make the person very popular but if I get a text message, I can wait until I have stopped the car safely and I can see what the person wants. It might be just a message from my agent informing the money has gone through or asking me to call her.
So, texting has freed me from the slavery of having to be available all the time, just because I own a mobile phone. I don't get addresses and telephones wrong just because I misheard the other person. Text is much more discreet when messages need to get there urgently but when you can't wait or don't know when it is convenient for both of you to talk. It also saves people in crowded room to hear any private conversation - it might not bother you and your partner to talk about some gory incident at the hospital where you work, but I bet there is always someone who would go off their food just someone mentioning about buying a pack of nappies...
I use normal phones when calling offices and can expect to put on hold or if I absolutely HAVE to talk to my relatives abroad. But for most business and social communication, I try to use the net as much as possible because it offers the efficiency of written messages with the ease of using full size keyboard, combined with low cost of calls in guise of broadband connection fee. It is not the technology that's a problem, but learning how and when to use it efficiently (e.g. there are times when you just turn your mobile off). Too many people also blame technology when their own communication skills could do with some improvement...
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