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Published:August 2nd, 2009 11:17 EST
Catholic Archbishop: Text Messaging Undermining Community Life

Catholic Archbishop: Text Messaging Undermining Community Life

By Robert Paul Reyes


"The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales is concerned that excessive use of emails and mobile phone text messaging is creating shallow friendships and undermining community life, according to an interview published on Sunday.

Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, also said that popular social networking sites led young people to form "transient relationships" which put them at risk of suicide when they collapsed." Reuters

I strongly disagree with the Archbishop of Westminster, text messaging and emails are the perfect mode of communication in this high-tech world.

I`m too busy to have friends drop by my house, I`d much rather exchange pleasantries with them via emails or Instant Messages. (IM) If you have a pal sitting in front of you, it`s impossible to ignore him when he rambles on about this and that. You can overlook a buddy`s IM`s without risking your friendship. When your friend sends you an IM asking "why did you ignore my last 20 messages?", you have a hundred and one credible excuses: My computer froze! Somebody was at my front door! I got a call on my cell phone. My dog ate the mouse!

When you chat with a cohort in person, you risk catching the swine flu or an even deadlier virus. Communicating via texting is a safe and sanitary way to keep tabs on your comrades and family members.

The Archbishop is being a tad melodramatic when he claims that kids are in danger of committing suicide when cyber relationships collapse. Hogwash! If a cyber relationship goes sour, a kid can simply enter one of millions of chat rooms and start another friendship.

Nichols is too old, and out of touch. If he traded in his rotary phone for an iPhone, he would discover how fun and convenient it is to send text messages.