This is an adaptation of today’s Daily Post, on a part of the code by which I live.
In today’s society, it seems that many people prefer to use text messages or e-mails to carry on conversations… even when in immediate proximity! The art of face-to-face or voice-to-voice conversations seems to be turning into a lost art, and I want to stay old-fashioned in that sense. There is a lot of loss in translation from thoughts to texted words (as well as lost vowels, but that’s my inner pedant screaming!), and tone of voice often gets completely lost in text messages.
Although I have had a mobile phone since 2004, the plan was for phone calls only until 2008, when texting was added. I remember once getting really scared when my phone vibrated unexpectedly and I saw that a text message was waiting for me, as I was afraid that my parents would kill me for amassing a text message charge. It turns out it was a free text message from Alltel, so I didn’t get in trouble.
Even after my plan included text messaging, I was much more likely to make a phone call than to give a text message. I was on an old phone that either had the peck-the-numbers-repeatedly-to-get-the-correct-letter, one letter at a time, or the somewhat unreliable T9word. Maybe it was this inconvenience which turned me off from text messaging, or maybe it was something else.
When I got into grad school (September of 2009), it seemed that I was one of only a few students in my department without a smartphone. My family jumped on that bandwagon in 2010, as I got it from Papa over that Thanksgiving weekend. That opened up a whole new world of connectivity and distraction.
I have a few rules with the smartphone that I attempt to abide by, however, knowing that it can be a powerful tool or a powerful distraction.
- I refuse to use it on Chicago Transit Authority property. Even though smartphones seem to be ubiquitous right now, I do not want to be that unlucky person that an opportunistic thief jumps on. (Advantage: my phone is not an iPhone). (However, sometimes the temptation to pull it out for a few seconds is too great.)
- In social situations, such as parties, I may have it on my person, but I sure as heck am not using it.
- My cell phone usage is off-limits during meals with other people. (I have another post planned about this at some point.)
- If I have a choice between texting and calling, I will choose calling.
The latter bullet, especially. The title of the post basically, from least preferred to most preferred, are how I like to communicate with people out of immediate proximity. In some sense, the order given (texts, letters, talking) is in increasing order of individuality and personalization. (Some might argue that a hand-written letter is even more personalized than a voice conversation). Although I have not written many hand-written letters lately, I have recently thought more about it, and think that it is a very personalized and touching thing to consider.
Why is this an appropriate post for today? It is my sisters’ birthday (quarter century apiece!) and I have made it a policy that for my Facebook friends whose phone numbers that I have, I will give them a phone call, in addition to a Facebook greeting. If they are in my vicinity, I make an effort to greet them in person as well! It is good to be thoughtful, and I feel that text messages are relatively bereft of personalization.
Today is the eighty-ninth day of M.M.X.I.V. That makes twelve weeks and five days.
Let’s take a look at some others’ codes. This is Round Two: those that have addressed the prompt as of 12:56, Central Daylight Time on 31 March 2014:
- LOVE, SEX AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES [Reblog] | She Writes
- Life | Kate Murray
- Texting Or Talking? | The Jittery Goat
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | mayeverydayahappyday
- Revelation | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
- Patriot | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
- DP Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Sabethville
- Don’t be a d*ck. | thoughtsofrkh
- Walk the Line: Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BLOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
- do your best and leave the rest to fortuosity | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
- This teacher’s code | One Educator’s Life
- Cherish Time | wisskko’s blog
- rivington | yi-ching lin photography
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
- My codes: A photo essay | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
- Respect The Artist, Respect The Work | Goodnight Hestia
- Creed « Averil Dean
- Daily Prompt: I Walk The Line-Psychology: Understanding Why We Do What We Do | Journeyman
- Values For Sheen | Flowers and Breezes
- Codes 1, 2, and 3 | Among the Whispers
- What’s My Line(s)? | The Zombies Ate My Brains
- 287. The Moral Compass | Barely Right of Center
- Walking the Mommy Line While out on Business Travel « psychologistmimi
- What Would Life Be without Them? | Ms. Raven Marie
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Completely Disappear
- A Marauder May be a Good Person in Disguise | Virginia Views
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | My Atheist Blog
- We all have values | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
- Taking Off My Shoes | Kosher Adobo
- Difference Engine | Speculative Paradigm Shifts
- life… ruless hahahaha.. it is wrekless | from dusk to dawn….
- Staying in Focus: Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line: Love Will Keep Us Together | Staying in Focus
- I Walk the Line (Daily Prompt) | Roving Bess
- I Walk the Line | The Nameless One
- Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it | An Upturned Soul
- Daily prompt – i walk the line | myjourneyeveryday
- There is a Bigger Picture.. | B.Kaotic
- Pizza’s and Such! | Views Splash!
- “Have You Done Your Chores?” | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
- Where is the Line? | cateritforward
- Live life! | Always was a rebel…
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Bob’s Blog-O-Rama
- Daily Prompt: I walk the line | Simply about Life
- Divergent in Photography and Thought | Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It
- An Uncomplicated Code | The Ravenously Disappearing Woman
- we are born to fail | Musings of a Random Mind
- The Power of Empathy | U Be Cute
- Former Corbett Admin Deputy Secretary Compares Lesbian to Anti-Semite
- The Ear of the Heart | djgarcia94
- The Inherent Inequality of Actions and Words | My Author-itis
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | To Breathe is to Write
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Endurance Training Institute
- Symmetry and Geometries | THE MARRIED MAN WHO LOVES HIS X
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Just Be V
- Daily Prompt: I Walk The Line | imagination
- So…This Is How I Roll | Cats, Coffee, And Life At Random
- My Bro Code | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
- Instinct. | Trucker Turning Write
- The Woman in The Mirror |
- Words To Live By | 365 Days of Thank You
- I would be a writer (should be, could be, am) | keaneonlife
- Walk the Line: Daily Post | Destino
- I Walk the Line | manmadeoceans
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Basically Beyond Basic
- Response to The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt from March 30, 2014: I Can’t Quit | authordustinweber
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | My Weary Mind
- Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
- Daily Promt: This Much I Know | Morrighan’s Muse
- Sweat it Off | Simplexvita
- Nuggets. | To Love is to Serve
- 28 Life Lessons|Sometimes It’s a Bad Day | melissuhhsmiles
- Daily prompt: Where is The Line? | itsmayurremember
- Daily prompt: Cynical? Moi? | helen meikle’s scribblefest
- A Code of Living | Tonkadella’s Things in Life
- Dream Crusher or Granter? | Alexia Jones
- Career or Family…Choice is yours??? | FREE BIRD
- The Living Mirage
- My Ethics Go Up to Eleven | Be Less Amazing
- Values | Life is great
- 1 GIANT LEAP featuring Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz, my culture | mandzmagee