Texting Trouble

When did texting replace spoken word?

I’m playing ODST with my brother, working on the co-op campaign, and every two minutes or so he stops (not pauses) to read and answer a text.  This means that we spend most of our time apart (in game and in RL), which is dangerous territory.  Either I happen upon some enemies without the knowledge that I’m alone, or some enemies happen upon him and I’m halfway across the map.  One of us battles alone while the other makes a mad dash to help the other.  This is co-op, so why are we playing alone?

That’s the first thing.

We went to a local flea market to scout some new games and he started talking about Pure Pwnage (of www.purepwnage.com) and the latest episode to come on TV.  He mentioned his favourite part, which I responded to.  I began to elaborate and tell him about my favourite part, when I turned around to find him about 30 feet behind me.  Texting.

When he realized I was so far ahead he continued walking.  He tried to pass it off by saying he zoned out for a minute and that he was tired. 

I let it go, but it’s still bothering me.

He CHOSE his phone over me.  If he had said that he had to answer a text I would have understood.  I certainly could have avoided strolling through the flea market talking to myself.

I don’t own a cell phone, and for goodness’ sake this program doesn’t even recognize “texting” as a word yet!  Is it too much to ask for a little curtisy?

Am I being too sensitive?  Maybe I should start texting…maybe then I’ll be able to carry out a conversation.

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2 Responses to “Texting Trouble”

  1. valkorian Says:

    Good post, I think there is a time and a place for texting, and when you’re talking with your sister walking along I would imagine that wouldn’t be the best place. I personally never text unless it’s late and I can’t sleep, as most of my friends are night owls, but that may have something to do with me being stingy with my credit.

    I don’t personally think you’re being “too sensitive”, as you have every right to be miffed. Texting isn’t all that great, it takes time and it hurts your thumbs after a while.

    cell phones can be handy though, as they have saved many a life and helped with crime investigation, so for saftey reasons I think it would be good to have one, but apart from that.

    Good post, and thanks for the link.

    Valk

  2. I totally agree, constant texting is right up there on my list of Really Annoying Things (currently it’s a close battle at the top between ‘Putting the TV on while having a Conversation’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’).

    I don’t think you were being over-sensitive. I’d be pretty annoyed if I was halfway through a subject before I noticed that the person I was talking to was ignoring me in favour of their mobile phone.

    They are definitely a good thing in general though. I look back mystified at how we ever used to manage to organise nights out without them (especially if someone missed the ‘official meeting time’).

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