Call Has Been Disconnected

Laura Cafasso

Long ago, in a time where our parents and grandparents were actually children, they
used to dial a telephone for real, animated conversations or even left their
houses to visit their friends and family. Now, in the digital age, we’ve let
real conversation go to voicemail and traded in for websites.

So, is calling someone even important now compared to texting? “I think calling
someone is better, it’s more personal,” says Zak Borrelli, sophomore. If that is the case, why bother texting at all?  “I personally like texting because I’m not a big fan of talking with people on the other end,” argues Cynthia Poirier, junior. “. . . If someone asked me a question on the other end of the phone I don’t want to be put on the spot. I
like to text because I have more time to think about what to respond.”

Despite the varying degrees of opinions, there still is one nagging message that we can’t
hit “ignore” for.  Is getting rid of telephone calls and focusing on websites and texting is really making us social, or antisocial? Cynthia believes that talking virtually is “easier” and
that more kids relate to it because it takes up less time. Zak also is not in
disagreement with social networking. “I think [social networking] has made us
more social, you talk to people although not in the traditional face to face
way.”

So since the jury is out on whether or not calling on the phone should be ancient history,
what you think FHS? Should we let this idea of really being antisocial download or be deleted?