No, this post isn’t about the old song from the 1950s, “Yakkity-Yak (Don’t Talk Back).” It’s about the prompt for today: Do you prefer to talk, text message, or a different communication method?
People who know me, however slightly, have discovered something by now: I hate telephones. Cell phones are at the top of the list, but land lines are not very far behind. Mostly I hate that if someone is inclined to talk, you can’t get off the dratted thing without being really rude, and there’s enough rudeness in this life.
I’m not all that wild about texting, either. I’m not sure if this is because my phone doesn’t have a full keyboard — it’s still one of those things where you have to hit the key three times to get a “c” — or because I think texting is silly altogether. I mean, if you don’t have access to your e-mail, just call the person, already! And if you “don’t want to disturb So-and-So,” then whatever you have to say will have to wait, anyway, so it might as well wait until you’re at your computer and can write a civilized e-mail.
Actually, e-mailing is my preferred method of communication. It’s faster than writing a letter; it’s easier to read than handwriting (well, my handwriting, anyway); it isn’t as now-now-now as texting; the recipient can hang onto your e-mail until he has a minute to answer it; and best of all, it’s quiet. Like a real letter, you know, those things you see people reading in movies from the 1940s?
That said, I truly do think that there’s nothing like a real letter. Real letters are just as quiet as e-mail, and they give you something to hold in your hand. The writer’s personality comes through more completely in a real letter. And face it, nobody’s going to hold onto e-mails for generations, unlike love letters from our parents’ courtship. (Yes, we still have all of ours.)
But e-mail’s faster.
Bottom line: Whether electronic or — what? analog?? — I prefer the written word for communication. There’s enough noise in this world. I don’t have to add to it.