For the Love of Technology

Taylor says don’t leave voice mail–she has your number from the missed call.  She’d prefer that you text her instead.

I say the exact opposite.  If you call my phone, leave a voice mail if you want me to call you back.  If you call and don’t leave a message, I’ll assume you only called me because you were bored and I’m the most entertaining person you know–you didn’t really want anything in particular or you would have left a message.

And don’t send me a text.  Texting is for communicating at loud places (like concerts), quite places (like church), and talking in front of people who you don’t want to hear your conversation (like people at concerts, libraries, and churches).

Sending a text message to and from a mobile phone is like sending a fax over a land line.  If you don’t need to fax it, you don’t need to text it.  Just leave me a voice mail.

And please, enough with the naked photos.  Until you get a phone with a higher resolution camera, use a real camera and email me the pic.  Or buy a Polaroid and snail mail it.  Or fax it.

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5 Replies to “For the Love of Technology”

  1. And just for the record…
    the hierarchy of communication:
    1. Face to face talk
    2. Talking on the phone
    3. E-mails
    4. Voicemail
    5. Texting
    6. Farting on someone

    So as you can see texting is pretty much the lowest form of communication…it just beats out farting to communicate your intentions, but not by much.

    And no longer can someone say “I didn’t get your message”….you know that’s a lie.

  2. I would try to say some clever, playful fighting words here, but I’m honestly surprised. I didn’t expect bloggers to disagree. My husband feels the way Scott & Shawn do, but he is COMPLETELY unable to use technology. In fact, it’s on my to-do list right now ~off to the side, half-way as a joke~ TEACH HUSBAND HOW TO USE THE INTERNET.

    But I don’t feel “farted on” by a text message at all. In fact, I don’t think communication media can be ranked comprehensively. It’s all contextual.

    Maybe we should all include in outgoing messages a description of the best way to reach us.

  3. Shawn, you left out my two favorite ways of communicating–RSS and Twitter.

    See the common thread? These are “pull” technologies. In other words, I’ll listen to what you have to say when (if) I’m ready to listen. That’s why Tivo is so great. 😛

    Taylor, give yourself a month or so out of the high school setting and reevaluate your stance on texting. It may not seem so attractive then.

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