Pros: Clearly you can have more meaningful conversations when speaking over the phone than when trading abbreviated text messages. And holding a conversation via cell phone only requires the use of one hand (or none, if you use a headset or hands-free setup).
Cons: The science is still out on whether cell phones raise your risk of cancer. A recent review published in the international journal Pathophysiology shows that a majority of industry-funded research found very little evidence of a link between cell phones and brain tumors—while all of the independently funded studies saw a “significant increased brain tumor risk.” Brain tumors aren’t the only health hazard associated with cell phones. Recent research on brain activity and communication has found that drivers are just as prone to cell-phone-related car accidents while using hands-free devices as they are while holding the phone.
Pros: The recipient is more apt to reply to a text than a phone call, according to a recent survey from uReach Technologies, which operates voice mail systems for a few cell phone companies. They found that 20 percent of people who get voice mail rarely check it, while 91 percent of people under 30 check a text message within an hour of receiving it—and are four times more likely to respond to a text than to a voice message. Texts are better for the environment, too, since they use a third less energy than a phone conversation to impart the same information. Plus, you aren’t holding the device up to your ear and are therefore reducing your exposure to any radiation.
Cons: From a communication standpoint, texting is an imperfect art. “Because texting is brief, easy, and somewhat ambiguous due to the use of abbreviations and symbols (like winks and smiley faces), there is often a lack of clarity, directness, and accountability,” says Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and director of life management at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., and Rodale.com advisor.
This or That?
That. Go with texting, unless you need a deeper conversation. In terms of the environment and your health, texting takes less of a toll. Nevertheless, Rossman recommends keeping a few things in mind before you give up person-to-person conversations altogether:
1. Use texting for short, practical, conversations, like arranging a place and time to meet.
2. Phone calls are better for more thoughtful, complex communication. (Use a hands-free device or a land line to avoid radiation exposure.)
3. Be careful of misinterpretations. “You can use texting for casual contact or flirting,” says Rossman. “But beware that the message you send may be misinterpreted by the receiver if it’s laden with abbreviations, symbols, and ambiguous phrases.”
November 13, 2012
Texting Vs. Calling
Nowadays, mobile phones have become popular. Almost everyone uses a cell phone to communicate with his or her friends. While teenagers usually contact each other by texting, others prefer calling. Although many features have been added on a cell phone, people treat it like a portable computer.
First of all, we can see many useful things that texting brings to us. By texting we think clearly before we intend to say something. For example, a girl is angry with her boyfriend. While she is calling him, she loses her temper and says something hurtful to him. The boy drops the phone, and everything is over. Nevertheless, texting gives us sometime to think over carefully before saying what we think.
In another hand, it will be better if we use texting to replace short conversations. A lot of people want it to be fast, and texting allows that. With texting you don’t have to hold a conversation and say hello, you can ask a question and end the conversation. In this case, texting is your choice. Moreover, not every time you can start a conversation by calling. Sometimes, texting will be good for explaining, saying sorry. Just by that we don’t make the things worse.
However, I think that calling is more meaningful. You pick up the phone, and say, “I love you, mom” or “I will have dinner at home, dad.” Just for your voice, your parents feel happier than if you send them a text message. By calling, you can talk to your friends comfortably, and transfer your emotions to your friends naturally. Talking on the phone lets you have a longer conversation in a shorter amount of time. It takes less time to tell a story than to text a story. It is also vital to mention that in situations when calling for emergency is crucial then the only solution is to call. As we know, police or emergency medical services do not have cell phones. Sometimes, they need to give directions to the caller which explains why...