Iscussion Forum: Love in the Age of Texting Has Texting Killed Romance?

I once had a boyfriend who was Mr. Text-o-Rama. He never wanted to talk, but he always wanted to text. To him, the only way to communicate was via thumb. I remember a Saturday afternoon I spent with a female friend when I didnt have my cellphone handy. By the evening, I had a logjam of text messages from him. The final mess of a message inquired whether our relationship was over because of my Lack of communication.I called him. He didnt answer. And so it went. Click to read Love in the Age of Texting”

Emma Gray of the Huffington Post presents two sides of the argument in her article, Relationships and Technology: Is Texting Ruining Romance?She writes, While technology has certainly made it easier to avoid face-to-face confrontation and communication -often to the detriment of relationships -the news isnt all bad. In some situations, texting can actually enhance romance.”

In his article Has Texting Killed Romance, in Harpers Bazaar, movie star Ashton Kutcher says:

I was shooting a scene in my new film, No Strings Attached, in which I say to Natalie Portman, If you miss me … you cant text, you cant e-mail, you cant post it on my [Facebook] wall. If you really miss me, you come and see me.I began to think of all of the billions of intimate exchanges sent daily via fingers and screens, bouncing between satellites and servers. With all this texting, e-mailing, and social networking, I started wondering, are we all becoming so in touch with one another that we are in danger of losing touch? Click to read Has Texting Killed Romance?”

Assignment

After having read Love in the Age of Texting, Relationships and Technology: Is Texting Ruining Romance?, and Has Texting Killed Romance, post your responses to the following questions:

Is Moores assessment that Technology is slowly killing romance(para.6) accurate?
Answer one or both of the questions Gray uses to conclude her article: Have you ever used texting to end, begin or spice up a relationship? Do you think technology is helping or hurting our romantic encounters?”
Moore uses irony to great effect. Select several instances and show how her use of irony furthers her purpose in the essay.
Do you agree with Kutchers observation that We [are] all becoming so in touch with one another that we are in danger of losing touch”?