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  • According to Money magazine, an American teen sends an average 3,339 texts per month! This boggles my mind! I can't even fathom this number of texts. Yet I suppose AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, t-mobile, and all the other phone companies applaud this number.

    Technology is great and in many ways it's made life easier but nothing replaces human contact and conversation. Certainly texting is a handy tool. Curiosity made me review my texting records and I noted that I generate an average of 200 per month. I use it primarily to let a friend know I'm running late, or, I'm waiting outside to pick my son up from school; but beyond that it's just easier to pick up the phone and speak to someone. I'm a visual person so I'm not even a fan of long phone conversations. I prefer, when possible, to speak to someone in person and make eye contact. I depend on the visual input and feedback from their body language and the subtle nuances and inflections in their voice.

    I guess one lesson to be learned from this Money magazine statistic is to be sure you secure an incredible texting plan if you have teens in the household.

    It makes me wonder what the future will hold. Will conversation become obsolete? Will we eventually no longer speak, no longer need a voice, and communicate via texting devices implanted in our arms? Or, will we converse telepathically?

    I just hope that whatever it is will not detract from our humanity.
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