This first essay talks about the mainly negative impact of texting on relationships. This essay was finished December 13, 2010. I wrote this for an application to the VA Governor’s School for MST (Math, Science, and Technology) for the following summer but alas I was not accepted.ย 

How Texting Has An Impact On Relationships

First came long letters, then phone calls, then emails, and now it has come to texting…whatโ€™s now considered haven for many unreserved individuals today as they dwell in company of fingers into the evermore transfiguring sphere of growing technological society. Perhaps not. Limiting themselves with texting potential, they suffer progression into deeper levels of communication.ย  Positively speaking, however, in whichever situation, texting or email can provide portals of connection for many busy, young, shy, or even hesitant people, placing them in effortless and comfortable zones where rejection becomes bearable.ย  In darker light, texting can generate sleep deprivation among other unhealthy side effects, exchange numerous conflicting messages, and decrease sincereness in significant relationships.

If youโ€™re always on the run, keeping in touch is as easy as 1,2,3…or less. Texting, then, is extremely suitable for following up with someone you just met with upfront messages. Especially if thereโ€™s intriguing interest and they wish to meet in person later. Both persons reap in benefits as thereโ€™s no longer any constraint of being pressured to reply within short amounts of time, as with phone calls.ย  Taking set times aside for phone conversations becomes unnecessary and is replaced with simple but very straightforward texts. All vexing phrases, redundancies, pleonasms, and awkward silences are put to abrupt ends. Discreteness is always an asset. Texting allows people to maintain suitable means of communication when voice calls are either out of the question, intolerable or simply unfeasible. Itโ€™s extremely portable so people can take cell phones with them absolutely everywhere without the necessity of the internet or having to visit anybody since they can instantly text. If someone knows theyโ€™re going to be a few minutes late, no problem, text messaging can take care of it. If someone wants to set up a date, no problem. If someone is in a theater and their obsessive mother wants to contact them, no problem. If someone gets rejected or becomes too pursuing, no problem, just ignore or delete and it is done. Like a Big Mac from McDonaldโ€™s drive-thru windows, texting can offer instant satisfaction wherever and whenever, ultimately where men and women can foster and manage relationships.

Unfortunately, texting has more disadvantages to every twist. There can always be various types of exaggerated thoughts. If texts end up too long and irrelevant, thereโ€™s favorable chances that other person will retreat from the hassle and discontinue communication. Over-texting can be troublesome for it can be wrongly interpreted as overanxious or even desperate. In which case is never great in blossoming relationships either. If relationships begin and end in circles around cell phone digits, it was never a practical relationship at the start. Face to face contact is necessary for relationships to move to next levels as this provides intimate and deeply emotional connection. Many even find it offensive if they are asked out or dumped through texting which makes sense, considering lengthy or uncomfortable explanations are uncalled for. Texting and driving produce issues. If someone becomes too reliant on texting, introvert behavior may result. Phone theft and technical accidents can occur. Sleep becomes uncommon due to late nights staying up texting. Spending too much money more than really knowing because of addiction is extremely problematic.ย  Every text sent is always going to be less personal and emotional than if it was done by face to face or phone. Sarcasm along with any other types of tones are not easily interpreted by the text, leading to meshed signals. A recipe for disaster it seems.

In short, although texting has few noteworthy merits with a faster more undemanding technique of conveyance, it precipitates more drawbacks than needed and is not recommended to advance fully in crucial bonding.

However, I was accepted to the VA Governor School for Math, Science, and Technology the following year, when I decided to apply a second time using the following essay instead. This essay talks about social networking in the classroom basically. Unfortunately, even though I had tried again to get accepted, I was unable to attend the summer program. This essay was finished December 14, 2011.

To become a social media guru or not?ย ย 

When one thinks about future classrooms and education formatting, technology will be undoubtedly the founding basis. Letโ€™s face it, technology has effectively become capable of controlling every aspect of life now, whether it be work, family, friends or even education. Online learning with its videos and valuable resources along with interactive approaches such as with the Wii or Kinect have shown that the traditional lecture idea has evolved into something more adaptable to the generation of today. The majority of educators today, along with myself, believe Facebook is part of the group that is helping speed that evolution process. In fact, what is starting to stem from large social websites like Facebook should never be limited to teachers. ย ย  ย With good reason, colleges and schools are already starting to catch along with the fast growing rate of e-learning. Schools globally have made themselves more accessible to the public and their students by making themselves various groups (usually with the particular class as the group name) in Twitter and Facebook. With the inviting atmosphere Facebook offers, more collaboration is possible between teachers and pupil , not just because the student feels they can speak their mind more freely but because it can also boost teacher security when students no longer cringe at the thought of discussions and teachers can share the wealth of their knowledge in a more informal bonding manner. As for the extremely shy students that every classroom has, Facebook has the ability to give these introverts a chance to excel through online enlightenment with their teacher as well.

Methods of how students and teachers use Facebook expand every day, from photo tagging to creating groups. Students have taken photos of notes or if in a science class, of their laboratory work/equipment, and have referred them in their photo albums by uploading, captioning, and sharing them through Facebook. While texting does the trick of notifications most of the time, Facebook also provides a class buddy system so students communicate with their project or study groups via the instant messaging tool. Among more obvious uses, students and teachers can also form groups for easier reference when dealing with a particular subject and receive access to assignments, activities, and updates in general on the page walls of their teachers. So not only do teachers have the ability to get a better grasp of their studentsโ€™ personalities, but can also co-construct knowledge in an online format students may have more flexibility with, such as with scheduling or class notes. It is a loss for the students when the teacher doesnโ€™t have a easy way of instant and easy feedback for their students and Facebook provides just that.

It is essential that current generation make the best use of their technological abundance, not to just to make it easier for themselves, but for everyone else as well. Facebook is only the first step in the education revolution that plays itself out now.

So here’s the moral of the story — write shorter essays to actually get accepted into summer gov school and then once accepted, actually fit time into schedule to be able to attend. Bam.


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