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Text messaging is a very controversial subject in our society today possibly even in other cultures Some complain that texting is overused and abused while others praise the most recent developments and upgrades of this form of communication The pervasive use of text messaging in todays society has many facets however the bad is said to outweigh the good Any individuals perspective on the issue will most likely depend on their age group or social class For example a fifteen year old would appreciate the convenience and speed of text messaging but a fifty year old would most likely not need the texting function on their cell phone therefore the speed and convenience of text messaging is irrelevantMobile-based coordination as Ling calls it has quite a few advantages One of those said advantages is quick and efficient communication Mobile coordination can increase the efficiency of planning meetings since the meetings can be renegotiated and redirected in real time Townsend 2000 Ling and Hadden 2001 Cooper et al 2002 Ling 76 Faster communication can help coordinate events and spread information throughout a wide variety of people in a short amount of time Also with the compact size of cell phones anyone can carry out these actions in a discreet and stealthy manner All in all text messaging has some significant advantagesThere is a gap between the older and younger generations of our culture The younger generations communicate mainly through text messaging and the web which leads to a lack of verbal and face to face communication skills Those who are older or who were not introduced to text messaging until the middle of their life rely on verbal and face to face communication to carry out the tasks or functions that a teenager would through texting This causes a rift between the two age groups because they have differing methods of connecting with one another The scarcity of understanding among the groups can cause tension
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