TV might have killed the radio star, but is texting killing the art of communication?
For some high school students, there is only one way they like to communicate.
“I prefer to text,” said Aiden Haich, Trinity Catholic High School freshman.
Nicole Sadowsky, a Dickinson High School senior, said she also prefers to use her fingertips over her mouth,”I always text. I text all the time”.
Haich said he was practically texting as soon as he learned how to write.
“I probably learned to text around six or seven years old”.
Sadowsky said she likes it, because it is an easy form of communication.
“I like it because it is quicker”.
Others do it to avoid those awkward moments.
“It seems like they(friends) don’t know what to say. . . or you don’t know what to say. It is just long awkward silence,” said Haich.
Some educators in Dickinson, ND have noticed excessive texting can lead to poor grammar skills, which Haich said some of his teachers have picked up on.
“An English teacher will tell students, ‘you have bad grammar. You must text a lot’ “.
Sadowsky said, “People will just put the letter U instead of ‘You’ . . . stuff like that”.
Father Kregg Hochhalter, Dean of Students Trinity Catholic Schools, said sometimes the affects of texting can go beyond poor written grammar for teenagers.
“When Im in my office with my students. .. good or bad. . .The eye contact is missing. They often don’t form complete sentences”.
Sue Roller, director of Human Resources at Baker in Dickinson, said sometimes she see’s poor communication skills as a result of texting, when she meets applicants for job interviews.
“They are just struggling to get words out, because they are not use to that”.
Eve Huepel, a Trinity Catholic High School junior, said she still enjoys a good phone conversation.
“I prefer to talk on the phone, because I like the way we can get our emotions across better. We don’t get confused”.
A little fun fact for you. . . On December 3rd, 1992, a 22-year-old test engineer from the UK used a computer and sent the first text message to a cellphone.
It said, “Merry Christmas”