Sunday, July 1, 2012
Texting Causes "Blindness"
I fear that we are raising a generation that can say things through texting, twitter, Facebook and the likes, without having to face or "see" the consequences and the damage their words cause. It's so easy for them to call people names and tell them they hate them, when they're not standing face to face with the person. If we, as parents, are not careful, we will have children who grow up, completely cold, calloused and blind to the feelings of others.
How easy is it to type in a text and tell somebody off, or to be cruel over Facebook posts, or call someone names on twitter? Mean and hurtful words cause pain and damage. People are less likely to use those kinds of words if they are face to face with someone. If we do say something cruel to a person we are standing in front of, we are forced to see the effects our words cause.
How will the next generation communicate effectively, when most communication is done through electronic means now. It's much easier to "shoot" someone a "happy birthday" message on their Facebook page rather than take the time to go pick out a birthday card and drop it in the mail. It takes little or no emotional toll or responsibility to break up with someone over a text. And, heck, why not quit a job via email?
If you are a parent, I challenge you, to make sure that your children know how to hold tough conversations, be responsible for the consequences of their words, and to understand the effects their words have on the person they are speaking them to. Let's make sure that they grow up as caring and compassionate people, understanding the power of their words.
From His Lap,