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Submitted by L.A. Urko on May 23, 2010 – 2:05 pmComments

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I can barely remember what it was like to live without a cell phone. I was even a late bloomer to finally get unlimited text messaging. Technological advances, like my blackberry, should make life easier, right? I don’t think that is the case, probably makes life more complicated, for me at least.

There are always options when deciding how to contact someone. When I e-mail someone a question, I expect an e-mailed answer in return. But I have encountered people who throw me a curveball and send me an e-mail asking me to call the person. Like wait, did I call you? Oh no, I didn’t.

Technology has lead me to many more questions rather than answers. When is it appropriate to text someone instead of placing a phone call? Am I texting because I cannot call at the moment or am I afraid of phone conversations? If I get a message on my blackberry from someone on facebook and not a text, does that mean he is not that interested? Is texting more intimate? Or is facebook wall posts, in it’s more public forum, a sign of a potential crush? Can someone text too late at night? Should I BBM you or e-mail? What if someone doesn’t answer any of the forms of communication?

Maybe I am making a big deal out of nothing here but seriously, there is going to have to be a class on the hierarchy of communication. I do not know what to do or what it means when someone contacts me. For me, I answer texts like it is my job. I feel I only get phone calls when I am busy. Yet, I have friends who constantly call and never answer texts.

There should be a personality test to determine the best way to contact a person or when you first meet someone, we should exchange our communication preferences. This way I am not wondering how I should contact a person or pondering the meaning of a certain type of communication.

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