A break from texting

Jessica Lewis

Cell phones cause distractions. This is obvious from the state laws against talking on them while driving cars. It’s more obvious if you read the CNN article about the teenage girl who fell into an open sewer hole while walking down the street because she was trying to text her friends.

While both of these things could be potentially dangerous, I saw something that seemed ever more dangerous the other day. As I was walking through Norwich, I saw a teen texting while riding his bike down the road. That was almost a week ago, and I swear, I’ve seen several more doing the same since then.

To me the problem with this scenario seems obvious, but maybe I’m just  becoming judgmental in my old age. Once you pass 25, it’s all downhill, right?

I’m decent at texting. I don’t particularly like the texting vocab or the lack of punctuation, but I can do it fairly quickly. But for even the quickest of texters it would seem that looking down and reading the screen is a must. There in lies the problem. How exactly are you supposed to watch where you’re going and text your friends at the same time. While this is dangerous when done behind the wheel, at least in a car you’re surrounded by steel and secured with a seat belt. What’s going to happen if you veer into oncoming traffic while riding a bike? The answer isn’t pleasant.

Being able to talk to your friends any time and anywhere you go can be fun, but no one needs to be so accessible that they can’t take a five minute break from the digital world.