Is Texting An Adequate Substitute For Talking?

Is Texting An Adequate Substitute For TalkingI get it. We are living in a modern world with advanced technology, complicated gadgets, and bizarre communication techniques. This is a world where conversations are often conducted in front of the computer screen, where dates can be done online, where emoticons are deemed sufficient as expressions, where people can say more when texting rather than in person. But is texting an adequate substitute for a face-to-face talk?

‘Impersonal’

We have heard of marriage proposals over Twitter, asking out a prospective date through YouTube, and even informing about a divorce decision via text message. Whether it be a good or bad news that you are delivering, can an obscure gadget cushion the blow of that news? Can it dull the ache of a breakup? Does it make a joyous birthday greeting less lively? Does it make an “I love you” more impersonal?

I do not have the answer to all these questions. But I can give my opinion about it. Opinions, rather. Lots of it.


‘Human touch’

I do know that I would love to look into the eyes of my beloved while hearing the words “I love you.” I would love tohug my son first thing in the morning to greet him on his natal day.  I can hold the hand of a grieving friend while expressing my condolences. I love to see the animated expressions of my parents whenever we talk about events spontaneously. I can appreciate the awed silence with my travel buddies while we look at the magnificent view infront of us.

You see, there is a reason why most things are better said in person — human touch, I believe. With that mingled with genuine facial expressions and spontaneous words, you know that once is being sincere with his feelings. Humans, after all, are complicated creatures. We need a variety of emotions to be truly called human.

Perhaps, then, texting is not and can never be an adequate substitute for talking. Would you agree with me? Or would you rather type “I do” on your cellphone on the day of your wedding?

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What a Person Notices First in a Date

Before hitting the meet-and-greet scene next weekend, what’s really going to make you more attractive to the opposite sex — and what’s a waste of your dating dollars? Check out these interesting tidbits we dug up for more budget-conscious men and women.

1. Men say that having gorgeous hair trumps a curvy figure. According to a recent survey conducted by Pantene, 60% of men surveyed would rather date a woman with great hair than noticeable curves — and 74% of them said they notice a woman because of her hair.

2. Guys find pink or red lips more alluring than the sexiest pair of stilettos. In a recent Match.com survey of over 24,000 men and women, 88% of respondents said their date’s laugh made a bigger impression on a first date; only 12% picked shoes.

3. Women looking for real relationships are more impressed by traditional love tokens than an expensive ride. While women found men showing off a flashy product to be more attractive when it came to dating, that same trait didn’t make men more desirable as marriage partners or for long-term committed relationships.


4. Men and women agree: being physically fit makes someone more attractive and relationship-worthy to them. This may be a no-brainer, but if you’re thinking of having something more than just a fling, spend your dollars getting rid of your doughy middle and strive for six-pack abs instead.

5. Bad hygiene is a universal turn-off, regardless of what you’re wearing. A recent Match.com poll asked nearly 35,000 men and women to name their biggest turn-off on a date. The responses included bad breath (11%), dirty fingernails (1%), body odor (16%) or all of the above (72%). Not surprisingly, bad hygiene is a mood killer for romance.

Source: Yahoo News

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