An image of a woman on a mobile phone talking about texting would not have made much sense a decade or more ago. Yet now this representation of the way we communicate with each other would make sense to most of us.
We have become so accustomed to using technology such as the mobile phone for calls and texting that our communication has become more complex. Choosing when to call or when to text is a relatively new phenomenon. Texting can be less intrusive than a phone call, giving people the option to respond as they choose. It's different to choosing whether to answer a phone call. A text can be used subtly during work hours, during transit on trains and buses or even during movies or concerts. Making a phone call is much louder and less private in those places. And annoying for those around us.
We can choose who to text and who to call. Some people might prefer a text than a phone call. Others might enjoy the opportunity to actually chat and hear the other's voice. We might be able to say some things by text that are harder to say by phone. It might be tempting to avoid a conversation by sending a few words by text. Of course some texts might be misinterpreted or misunderstood and clarification or apology may be needed.
Texts provide a record in a way that phone calls don't allow. We can share the text message with others. We can revisit the text message again and again. And we can delete it when we choose to, wiping it out of our lives forever, as if it didn't exist.
When we think about technology and the impact it has on our lives, both opportunities and challenges, we can begin to wonder what will happen in the future. Where will technology take us next? How will it impact on our relationships, the way we communicate, the connections we make with each other?