Email, Twitter, Facebook--OH MY!

I just got an email and I don't know what to think. The sender used no emoticon. Furthermore, they didn't use an exclamation point after my name (not happy 2 hear from me?)--they used a comma (I thought we were friends), but TG they didn't use a period (gasp! are u mad at me?).

Our use of technology (please note I didn't say technology but rather, the way we use it) has turned us into a bunch of paranoid suckers, bleeding all over the keyboard while pecking away like drones. "Why r u smiling?" we ask our friend at the lunch table. "Nothing," she says. She is caught in the tractor beam of her iPhone. We don't worry; she is probably texting us right now with the link to whatever made her smile. Smiling is the physical representation of the colon followed by a parenthesis; which came first, do you know? I mean, do u know?

I can write in cursive but my kids cannot. Our county is not required 2 teach it. I understand that; kids now present in Power Point; laser printed papers r preferred 2 handwritten. I ask y then isn't typing a required subject. R children shud no qwerty 2 b mor fishent on keybrd. Srsly, if they're gon enter work force b w/you, I want them 2 have skilz. R they gon print their names where their contracts ask for "Signature" or can they just use their avatars?

But even that's beside the point. When before We Wrote Letters--sometimes even writing them on scrap paper in pencil before copying them in pen onto the stationery we received on our birthdays--we thought about what we had to say. We pondered our words before giving them life. The letter had a journey to make, after all. When we licked the envelope (mmm! minty!) and put on that stamp, we knew our thoughts would take three days to arrive at the home of our beloved friend. We could picture our friend clearly, looking at the return address and skipping--no leaping!--because the letter was from us. So we often drew stickmen on the envelope so that our friend would enjoy the experience of us even sooner.

Checking the mailbox was once rated top of the list of enjoyable things in home life. Hearing the phone ring was on the irritating list.

I post a Tweet, then stay on--Did anyone reply? Did someone think it was funny? Let me check my four email accounts. Why has that person not responded? I wrote them an hour ago! Are they out of town? Did they get my email, it was raining, you know, maybe their line went down. Or they're mad at me--yes, that's it. They don't like me anymore or, no, no they're dead! Their status hasn't been updated in TWENTY-SIX minutes.

OMG! *sips Monster, takes deep breath*

Okay, they have five more minutes. Five minutes to respond or I swear I'm going to poke them.


Hilary Wagner ~ Debut Author said...

This is a great post! I couldn't agree more. Email, text, whatever, you never know exactly how things are meant. I'll put smiley faces so you really know I thought this was right on the money! :):):):)


Travis Erwin said...

Love it!

Kim Kasch said...

So true. And I love Monster too!
Sounds like you're doing the same things I do


A little rhyme
to lighten
your reading time

Sandy Nawrot said...

Haha! You are in true form today. I'm not really known for using emoticons, and I don't say "lol". I lurk on Twitter, and I only look at Facebook once a day. This is the best I can do.

Stephen Parrish said...

Checking the mailbox was once rated top of the list of enjoyable things in home life.

I miss those days.

Natalee said...

I'm a little late to the game here, just discovered your blog, but boy did this post strike a chord with me. Last week, before school vacation, I had my students write a business letter as part of a project they were doing. That in itself was an interesting experience. One of them commented, "This is fun! We should write more letters!" -yes and amen!
The day after I put the letters into the out-going mail, one of my 7th graders asked if anyone had gotten a response to their letters. It took all my will power not to "facepalm" and to patiently explain to him that this was not the same as email and would take several days, most likely a few weeks.