JournalismPakistan.com October 20, 2013
Have you noticed how the SMS is an alternative for cowardice? If you don’t want a verbal confrontation, just send a message, it is so nicely distant and keeps you uninvolved.
If you want to duck an obligation get out of it by using the SMS and give some cheap, transparent excuse. At least you can avoid the lie verbally.
If you cannot express a sorrow or a sense of loss, just send a ‘so sorry to hear’ SMS. That way you salve your guilt and also don’t have to try to express yourself and be all clumsy and awkward.
The SMS is the best electronic cop out available. And much as we might like to pretend otherwise we all use it as a silent surrogate for speaking to each other on matters that are uncomfortable or demand something extra of us.
Why walk the extra mile or make the effort when we can do it phantomlike.
Most used when you don’t want to talk to someone really but need to maintain a slender contact: just send an SMS saying something utterly pointless. Now, you are okay. You tried to get in touch but you really didn’t, did you?
Amazing how so many of us don’t find the personally convenient and expedient SMS offensive? You know why? Because almost all of us do exactly that.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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