Stop Texting!

You’ve probably seen the same bumper sticker: STOP TEXTING! I’m sure they’re referring to drivers who continue to send text messages while on the highway or even those who keep talking on their phones. It’s difficult enough these days to concentrate on merging cars, much less type a message on your phone or even talk to someone while trying to keep your eyes on the road.

I’ve read that the majority of Facebook or email messages are never read but consigned to spam, which might explain the next great wave of marketing will be though text messaging. So get ready to put a “do not text” message on your cell phone.

Could it be that we are finally exceeding the saturation point in this brave new world of instant communications using whatever technology available? What’s next, a computer chip implanted in our brains so we can send and receive messages with no mechanical device at all? Wait a minute, if this happens, won’t AT@T find ways to charge for the implants and surgeons for putting them in?

Look, I doubt anything I can argue against the increasing and often detrimental control over our lives technology has had will make anyone turn off their cell phones. The reason is we have grown so dependent it’s hard to imagine a world without technology. In some ways our texting seems much like addictive behavior where we can’t seem to stop things harmful to our lives, but keep at them each time needing more to get the same results.

Of course, not all technology is bad; it’s use in medical procedures is certainly one great example of how it can serve us, rather than we serving it. And that’s the point: Aristotle’s ancient advice of the Golden Mean, keeping things in their proper perspective, using appropriate technology and rejecting that which harms us, like investing in solar energy rather than drones.

George Orwell’s book 1984 suddenly feels quite tame. Big Brother or Sister is now a big business and worse, inside our brains charging us for the use of our minds.

Drive on, but turn your cell phones off and stop texting.
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