Monday, April 8, 2013

Defense of Texting

A 'Happening' is a great, big, multimedia party with a theme, where people come to experience the message.
It always involves audience participation in an atmosphere of community, enthusiasm and purpose.

I am so excited to share Sensual Thinking that  steam is coming out of my ears. Thinking with your senses and feeling with your mind is living a dynamic, compelling, charged  360° journey. It’s  amazing. We're creating a series of Curious#Happenings to share the experience. I have been writing a book, this blog and building the website share to the word. My usual wired writing mind is tired; so I’m going to rant off of the top of my head:

Proper spelling is hard for me. I’m one of those people who confuses spell check.  I’ve gotten better but still, am most comfortable spelling creatively. Texting suits me. The point is that we text clear emotion-driven and everyday business communication effectively. Texting saves time, keeps channels open and is as detailed as necessary to communicate clearly.  And it's sensual- we do it with our fingers and receive it with our eyes.

Even though I love words, I happily embrace the logic and directness of texting. It’s so efficient and clean. I know it saves me time! That’s the beauty of technology – it shreds outdated social conventions. Time moves faster and we connect more efficiently.

Politeness – while obviously an essential part of human respect – when overdone, is known by other words like bulls-- or sometimes it’s called social 'niceties’. Often, casual conventional communication is a time waster because there is no heart behind it. Our social conventions are so old, they’re corrupt. Human respect needs to drive our social connections. Respect is something we feel, not someone's dogma. Feeling is sensual. This is what’s inspired me to create the Curious#Happenings.

Time is how we measure life. It's critical for success and satisfaction. When you think with your senses and feel with your mind, it’s like getting every green light even when you’re not in a hurry. Technology and sensual thinking filter out stuff that distorts and dulls communication. Sensual thinking is how we grab time with our eyes and hands. It's a new way of time surfing where time expands and we have what we need.

Some people of the Baby Boomer generation feel texting is ending important social conventions. I disagree. No one claims it’s a replacement for conversation, but it’s obviously a powerful tool for effective, efficient communication. Texting overrides decayed conventions to replace them with important human needs like directness, immediacy and comfort. It’s much more cerebral to text than to remember how to spell correctly. 

I’m thankful for technology and I love the excitement and open-ended potential of change. 

Enjoy: What Most Productive People Do in Bed, Fast Company magazine