A week without texting

by Megan Caruthers
(Ocala, FL)

Ahh the phone. Used for so many different things. To save peoples lives, for business or just for a daily conversation. Well that brings me to what I cannot live without. Texting. The universal language of teens everywhere. And I am one of many. Any normal teenager would tell you that. Parents just don't understand. They say why not just call. Well, Ill tell you why. Why would you have a whole conversation when you just want to talk about one specific thing. Also, teens are lazy. Why would you text "What are you doing today" when you could text "Wat r u doin 2day". Also the speed factor. Why call when you could have a whole conversation in a minute texting.Texting is something that sets us teenagers apart from all other ages. We have a universal language that not many adults understand, such as, LOL, TTYL, BRB, BTW,IDC, IDK, IKR. Also if you are in a meeting or a place where its quiet, you can't call someone! But, you can text them!

I actually do know what it feels like to have your phone taken for a week and I'm positive I'm not the only one. It's called being grounded. Yes, the dreaded word. Well basically, you are cut off from the world for the worst 7 days ever. If you are obsessed with texting(I am probably pretty close) you feel an emptiness in your hands everywhere you go. Its like part of you is missing. Now parents would beg to differ. No, I'm not exaggerating, this is really how it feels.

You are just walking around , finally forgetting that you don't have your phone when you reach in your pocket to text a friend and you realize! You still don't have it! You are lonely for a week with noone to talk to. Your friends also pay the consequenses. They forget and text you and await a response that never comes. Some peopel would turn to a different obsession during that week, although for me, if one thing is taken, usually others are too.

So, that is how a week without texting is. A long, lonely week with nothing to do but HOMEWORK! And we all know we would rather be lonely. Parents might think taking our phone for week will "teach us a lesson", but they not only take away our phone for a week, they take away our life, our friends and just the joy of texting! So my advice, either don't get grounded or keep a spare phone!

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