Just looking at the cover of The New Yorker (above) of a family at the beach, all texting, tells it all. Clearly, cell phone texting etiquette is not the norm.
I watched a teenager last week riding her bike, no hands, while texting. Many Americans, especially young people, are losing their ability to communicate. We are a nation addicted to cell phones.
This is not good news if you hire young people for your business. View the video from CBS Sunday Morning, “Are we becoming disconnected by our love of devices?“. It’s clear that cell phone texting etiquette and limits are needed.
In the video, Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, says she’s seen texting even at funerals.
Her book argues that we are at a point of decision and opportunity. Technology now invites us to lose ourselves in always-in mobile connections and even in relationships with inanimate creatures that offer to “stand in” for the real. In the face of all this, technology offers us the occasion to reconsider our human values, and reaffirm what they are.
Sherry Turkle says that the technology that is supposed to connect us, has left us more disconnected than ever. Her conclusion? We have lost the art of conversation.
Around the country last year, according to the video, there were more than 1,000 visits to emergency rooms-from people distracted by their cell phones and getting into some type of accident. How sad. Cell phone texting etiquette may need to become standard teaching in schools so people learn when and when not to text.
Is texting affecting your communication skills? Do you think cell phone texting etiquette is needed?
Kirt Manecke is the author of the award-winning books Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service, and Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World. Learn more about Kirt at his website.