Texting has made a major impact on society. In the touch of a button, you can instantly tell people where you are and send a simple message, without having to make a time consuming phone call. However, many people wonder if the impact texting has made is a negative one. This page will discuss the positives and negatives of texting, as well as the impact it has on society today.
There are many positives to texting such as its ability to make communication faster and easier, and its ability to create stronger bonds with friends. For example, before texting, you would have to make a very time consuming phone call just to send a simple message. Texting however, has allowed people to be able to send that simple message in only a matter of seconds. People in society’s lives have changed from this act because it has provided such a quick, simple and efficient way to communicate with others. Also, the British Journal of Development of
Psychology conducted a study that discovered texting may have a positive effect on reading. Since teens read texts and write texts so often, it may enhance their reading ability since they are repeatedly doing this act often. In addition, researchers in Israeli found that teens who communicate digitally when they are distressed often have a decrease in their distressed state. That same study also found teens who text regularly, create stronger bonds with their friends and talk with them about topics they wouldn’t normally talk about face to face.
Although there are many positives, there are also many negative effects of texting. For instance, texting has a very negative effect on social skills and communication. People who grow up texting using improper grammar a lot prove to have poorer writing skills than people who use grammar correctly. Texting also has made a negative impact on society because by teens texting, parents have less control over their kids. Even though they can monitor their children, they will never have control over exactly what their child is sending via text message. Also, texting is proven to negatively affect young people and adolescents’ interpersonal skills. Since kids and teens interpersonal skills have not fully formed, by texting, these skills with never form. This will totally effect their social skills; for example they will never be able to carry a decent conversation with another person. In addition, texting has a negative effect on forming relationships. Kids who grow up texting may never develop the ‘people skills’ they need to know in order to compromise and work well with another individual. Lastly, a major negative impact texting has made on society is causing many people to get into accidents by texting while driving. In 2013, there were 341,00 vehicle crashes because of people texting while they are on the road or while driving. Texting while driving has negatively impacted our society today and is causing many people to loose their lives.
As you can see, texting has deeply impacted our society. Although it feels crucial to our day to day lives and has made communication immensely easier, it has also made negative effects on the people who grow up texting and continue to do so. Texting is a very helpful tool for communicating that has become very popular, but the negative impacts it has made on us makes it very controversial.