Why Students Prefer Texting Instead of Calling

By Dickson Osas

Many years ago, young students communicated in the classroom by passing notes between desks. Mobile phones and text messaging are now used for this purpose. According to a widely circulated survey, most school-aged children prefer text messages as their primary mode of contact and information transmission. Even though texting might cause students to become distracted when studying, expose them to cyberbullying, and cause accidents on the road, its benefits still exceed its drawbacks.

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Texting And How Simple It Is To Use

Between email and IM, texting falls somewhere in the middle. Messages sent through the Short Message Service(SMS) are limited to 160 characters. Thus they can never be as long as an email. Text messages do not require any app to be sent or delivered. Text messages differ from email and instant messaging (IM) in that they do not require access to the Internet. This ease of use makes it easy to pass information more quickly than you could via email. 

1. Convenience and Ease of Use

The young generation of students is obsessed with simplicity and ease of use. Their exposure to technology can not be compared to any of the ages before them. This has structured their thinking to find an easier and the most convenient way of getting done, which reflects in the mode of communication they adopt; SMS has taken center stage as a communication tool among the students.

2. Easy to Remember

Remembering phone conversations can sometimes be a daunting task for young students.

Forgetting simple information like the time of a meeting, cost of tickets we’re or address is possible if such information was received over the phone.

Details like these tend to elude hours after a phone discussion. With SMS, however, everyone gets the transcript of the text lying in their phone inbox. A person can go back in time and see that the meeting was scheduled for 2:30, that tickets were $19, and that the address was 296. In this situation, the recipient is under less pressure to recall everything.

3. Less Tension

Phone calls are more stressful than text messages. This is because the latter may necessitate the person’s recalling specific questions or coming up with responses on the spot.

A text message, on the other hand, allows the recipient to comprehend and answer at their leisure. As a result, it’s a more structured affair with far less tension.

5. Low-cost alternative to calls

The cost of sending a text message is relatively low compared to the calling; considering the increasing tariffs for voice calls, it also allows the sender to convey detailed information to the recipient without having to do that through voice calls.

6. Fostering Personal Connections

No way anyone will consider Phone calls to be much more personal; there is no solid basis for the claim that phone calls are more personal than text messages.

This is since people text their friends and family and get warm, conversational responses.

7. Relief from Introversion

Introverted students may struggle to start up a conversation, approach people, or maintain friendships. For teenagers, text messaging removes the difficulties of social connection. In addition, it’s far easier for young students to communicate via text since it does not require making eye contact or using voice. Therefore, texting serves a bigger purpose for introverted youths. 

8. Less Embarrassment

Youngsters are often terrified of making a mistake or appearing silly in front of their peers; with text messages; students may feel more comfortable expressing emotions that they usually find difficult to convey in person. This helps students have accessible communication, but sadly, some teens take advantage of the anonymous nature of text messaging to send abusive and unpleasant messages.

9. Quick Communication

Students’ schedules are frequently crammed with activities, like classes, extracurricular activities, partying, and after-school employment. As a result, they don’t always have time to talk to relatives or friends over the phone; text messaging enables them to get directly to the point with what they need to say. Parents may want their children to alert them when arriving at a friend’s house, but most teenagers do not want to miss calling. Instead, they’d discreetly alert the parents of their safe arrival using text messaging.

10. Emergencies

A text message is always beneficial in a situation like an emergency; for instance, If a student gets in a car accident, bulk messages or broadcast texts can be sent to as many contacts as possible to inform them and get help instead of having to call one person for help at a time. In addition, text has a higher chance of getting someone to respond and offer help as quickly as possible.

11. There is room for Proof-checking

Text messaging, unlike voice calls, gives room to check and re-check your typed messages and see if it conveys the actual message you intend to deliver, unlike voice calls, where it is difficult to take back a word once said

Proof-checking makes texting a good communication choice among students since there are times we wish we could take back what we’ve just said? With texting, that is very much possible; you simply backspace, delete and rewrite the message to ensure it makes sense before sending it.

12. Preplanned 

Texting is deliberate and prevents unintentional disclosure of a secret, such as a birthday gift! Being able to modify sentences also saves us from upsetting someone unintentionally.
This is particularly beneficial because phrasing and meanings are constantly changing, with words developing nuances that differ from the dictionary interpretation due to widespread use.

Text messaging has various advantages for students and anyone who enjoys utilizing text as a mode of communication, including seamless communication between the sender and the recipient.
It does have its disadvantages, but if everyone does texting the right way, it can be positive for all.