Are you a texter? Chances are good that most people around you are. Yesterday I was discussing with a co-worker the priority texting holds in our society. We agreed that it’s hard to resist a text. He put it well: It’s like receiving a small gift. You want to open it!
Certainly the problem isn’t in texting itself but in how it is utilized. Do you feel compelled to check a text as soon as it comes in? Do you resist the temptation if you’re working or at lunch with a friend?
How about putting your phone on silent when you’re out with others? (I just received a text message while proofing this sentence. I shall resist checking it — at least for a few minutes! — to help me practice what I preach) That could be one way to fight the temptation to read and answer texts immediately.
It becomes a little more difficult when you are on-call for work or waiting to hear from a child who needs to be picked up from an activity. But whatever circumstances surround your life, consider how you can refrain from viewing and responding to texts as often as you do, particularly when it is not courteous or appropriate. I may also add that it is a simple way to practice self-control and make a sacrificial offering to Our Lord for a special intention.
To help you battle against texting while out with others, keep in mind that the human-to-human relationship at that moment is more important than the words on your phone screen.
I hope this helps. I have to go read my text message now.