Changing Our Language for the Next Generation
LG has a website designed (http://www.lgdtxtr.com/) to aid parents as they attempt to decode the cryptic messages that teenagers are sending via text messaging. The site claims that the average teen texts over 1,700 times a month, so a text decoder like this may be truly appreciated by parents struggling to understand and communicate with their teen.
I am of the "younger generation" and I am a multi-tasker. However, I have always felt that holding four conversations while I am making my grocery list, driving to class, and finishing up homework has always been a bit much for me. I don't understand how teens can possibly pay attention to someone talking while they are texting several other people, but far be it from me to underestimate today's youth.
But all that is beside the point.The real issue here is why we feel the need to pressure our kids to always be going and always be connnected, even to the point of permanetly attaching a cellphone to their palms early in life and equiping them with their own language in which to communicate. As if the generation gap wasn't big enough already!
Still, I feel the question has to be begged...is hurrying our children and altering our language in an attempt to be constantly "connected" an abmirable quest? And do we really believe that accomplishing this will provide us with a good life (afterall LG's campaign is "life's good")?
IMHO (in my humble opinion) I don't believe that a text decoder is needed as much as a phone free evening at home where teens, and parents, put aside their phones and comunicate without text.
Betsy Molloy is currently finishing her Bachelor's of Arts in Communication Studies at Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst, Illinois. She is passionate about youth ministry, currently working as the Website Content and Internet Marketing Specialist for Called to Youth Ministry. Betsy also works in her church youth group with Greg, her soon to be husband.