I’ve had several conversations about texting lately: the etiquette of it, the worries it induces, the problems it raises. That might sound weird. It’s not like texting is some novel, groundbreaking thing. Is it worth talking about? I think so.
Usage continues to rise so much that survey results are outdated as soon as they’re published, but I can tell you that, personally, I average more than a thousand texts a month. That sounds like an insanely high number, but it helps to keep in mind that I use iMessage instead of instant messaging during the work day.
Still, if I’m doing anything that much, I want to be conscious and deliberate about it. So I thought. And I realized, I do think texting is important. I do think it changes communication. I do think how we use it matters. So. Here are five thoughts on texting.
(With the important caveat that these are not things I do right. These are things I’m working on.)