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humph - teenagers - whats the deal with texting and face book - ?

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slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 10:56:11

why can't they use a landline if they need to contact their friends for somethign that is going on TODAY which they need to confirm/query the time.


no - its "i sent a text, i face booked... but I havent heard from them "

i bore myself nagging about using the home Phone, but it falls on deaf ears!!

BertieBotts Sun 09-Oct-11 10:57:45

Because SHOCK HORROR you might have to actually speak to another member of their family to get through to them wink

(Especially terrifying if you have a huge crush on their older brother)

Scoundrel Sun 09-Oct-11 10:57:57

Teenagers seem to think that using landlines is akin to sending a messenger pigeon. Or morse code. Or something.

seeker Sun 09-Oct-11 10:58:54

Land lines are so yesterday.........!

Winds me up too. Dd doesn't even have the landline numbers of most of her friend's- every time I possiblly can I write them down, so I have some of them. She has been amazed and grateful a couple of times!

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:00:29


i am becomign a grumpy old woman.
the joy of covnersation is becoming lost to the joy of text!

Salmotrutta Sun 09-Oct-11 11:00:42

I'm in favour of bringing back carrier pigeons myself. grin

It's not just teens though is it?
Plenty of fully mature adults have to be surgically removed from their mobiles or blackberries.
I don't remember the last time I actually wrote or received a proper letter <fondly remembers old days>

Salmotrutta Sun 09-Oct-11 11:03:51

I actually hate speaking on a mobile.
It's invariably crap reception and somehow I and the other person always end up talking over each other. Which doesn't seem to happen on a landline. confused

BertieBotts Sun 09-Oct-11 11:04:55

Most of my friends got mobiles when we were around 14/15, so we were well versed in the customs of the land line by then. But still avoided it wherever possible. Most people I know in their early 20s and younger will pay more for a takeaway ordered online so that they don't have to speak to anyone on the phone!

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:05:02

its true, when dd was nowhere to be seen the other evening, i could have rung her friends parents - i was too scared to speak to this particular temperamental mother blush but found the information i needed on facebook

BertieBotts Sun 09-Oct-11 11:05:35

Sound quality is always shit on a mobile, agreed. Much prefer the landline for long calls.

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:05:43

thats shocking bertie

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:06:00

about the takeway ordering that is of course

BertieBotts Sun 09-Oct-11 11:07:24

Really? I can see it might be a bit confused but shocking? Before there was as much choice online we would always fight over who had to do the phoning anyway.

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:11:19

<<feels out of touch>>

FabbyChic Sun 09-Oct-11 11:12:26

using landlines is archaic

OriginalGhoster Sun 09-Oct-11 11:12:54

My dd (13)won't go on Facebook. She thinks it's mindless and antisocial, she told me off last night for being on the xfactor thread when we were watching. She does text, though.

I love texting, it's less intrusive for the other person than phoning, it gives them a chance to answer when they want, and time to say no to things with a well constructed excuse. smile

LapsedPacifist Sun 09-Oct-11 11:13:01

I am a mature student sudying with youngsters 30+ years younger than me, and I've noticed that their phone skills are non-existent. A couple of them are looking for part-time work and asked me to look over their CVs. I've tried to convince them of how important it is to follow up applications with a phone-call. It's an opportunity to sell yourself, apart from finding out if the vacancy has already been filled etc.

Same applied when organising work placements. Even when provided with all the contact details they needed, they would only communicate via email and would rather chew off their own feet than actually SPEAK to the person they were hoping to work for!

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Sun 09-Oct-11 11:15:01

I prefer to text/fb/bbm than actually call as most things aren't urgent, when I need a quick answer ill ring. Hate speaking on the phone though hatehatehate it.

Trills Sun 09-Oct-11 11:17:47

Why shocking? It's not as if the takeaway-ordering person is a friend who I want to talk to. They are a means to an end, and if I can achieve that end while sat on the sofa and pay by card without having to say the numbers 3 times and spell out my name why wouldn't I?

I don't phone anyone on their landline either (and I'm not a teenager). It's considered rude to walk into a room and shout "RING RING, RING RING, NOTICE ME, RING RING" until someone pays attention to you, and I find phoning similarly intrusive. Text messages allow the person you are contacting to reply at a time that is convenient to them. If I do need to speak to someone right now then a mobile phone is more likely to reach that person in the place where they are, and it will tell them who is calling.

jade80 Sun 09-Oct-11 11:22:45

I grew up without mobiles but I think they can be very useful. I'd often rather get a text to a mobile than a call, as you can answer a text when you like, but a call kind of screams for attention right then. If I don't want an instant answer text or FB is fine.

I do understand why people would rather order takeaway online though, most are fine, but there is one round here where placing a phone order is like pulling teeth! 'Small chips. Yes, small chips. No, small. Yes, plain. No, no vinegar. No salt. Plain. And a kebab with salad. Yes salad. Nothing else thanks. Yes, salad! No, not ketchup. No mayo thanks. No, no chilli sauce, nothing, plain!! No salad? No, just no sauces!! Arrrrgggghhhhh!!!''

BertieBotts Sun 09-Oct-11 11:22:55

I find texts feel less intrusive as well. I don't really like being phoned up, it makes me nervous, especially if you can't tell who it is. I actually unplug my landline and get friends & family to text first if they want to call blush

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:26:38

well i do have a phone that tells me who is calling, and it is inevitably the youngest dc's friends calling. so i can ignore them those who i dont want to speak to that minute.

PattySimcox Sun 09-Oct-11 11:27:44

If they are on the phone then they can't add all the obligatory additional letters required to their words and lots of hearts or smilies though.

Or end every thing in baaabbezzz <3

Blatherskite Sun 09-Oct-11 11:35:48

Having just been forced to move from my sofa for a wrong number call, I'd also agree that texts were far better

Not only were thet doing the "ring, ring, talk to me now NOW NOW!" thing but then they didn't even want to talk to me! angry

I much prefer texting. It gives people a chance to respond at thier own convienience.

slartybartfast Sun 09-Oct-11 11:45:16

she has actually rung her !
well done - now her day is planned out - i swear she has missed whole days due to the fear of not calling landlines. shock

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