Why do people prefer to send text messages or emails, devoid of true emotion and connection? Have we become such a text-based culture that the words and symbols on-screen now mean more to us than words through a phone line?
Our past is littered with great orators, who moved people to tears or called them to action with only their voices. I have my doubts of the effectiveness of Rev. Martin Luther King starting an email campaign, pleading for justice, or of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, sending the troops a text message urging them to fight for “victory — at all costs”.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan and user of text messages. But nothing beats vocalization. There are no printed words or symbols that mean the same as someone’s voice saying “I love you”. I cannot imagine never exchanging another word with my friends or loved ones. The thought of it leaves me feeling empty and alone.
So next time you promise to TTYL – do it. Pick up the phone and make a real connection. Just say.