I read a news story this morning that was a little appalling. Don't misread that word as "appealing," but appalling, as in horrible and shocking. Before anyone starts assuming I'm setting up some joke, this is a TRUE STORY.
A sixteen year old girl needs surgery on both her wrists due to over texting. That's right. Serious Carpal Tunnel from sending too many texts.
Wow. What is the world coming to?
Digital disconnect is a serious problem. With Facebook, Twitter, texting, emailing, and instant messaging, we are in danger of physically losing touch with reality. Since when is a text that says, "C@ch u l8r" more important than hanging out with a friend? How would this girl's day be different if instead of sending a text, she smiled at someone, and not one of those colon parenthesis emoticon ones, but a genuine smile that brightens a day. I can tell you that I've had my load lightened by a stranger who smiled at me.
Think of all the words that go into texting that much every day. This girl could have written a novel, maybe two. Where is the drive, the determination to accomplish something? I guess she's content to live in mediocrity, sending meaningless texts instead of pursuing her dreams.
Though I've posed many question, here is the biggest one: Where are her parents? If I got a phone bill that showed my daughter had texted 4,000 times in a month, she would be losing her phone. Period. Forget the iPhone, forget the "cutting down" of messaging. No phone privileges for the rest of her high school life.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With the passage of the new health care bill, we, the American people, can help this poor girl by having our tax dollars pay for her important surgery.
To read the article yourself, click HERE.
I'm curious what everyone else thinks about this. So share, share.