When librarians begin to embrace text messaging as a way to communicate with students, you kind of have to stop and think that maybe the text messaging can be of more use than just a silly teenager thing.
The university I attend recently implemented a text messaging option when it comes to asking librarians questions.
Students could actually TEXT their questions as opposed to calling.
Can you see the benefits?
When students are in class and they have a reference question, they can just text a librarian without having to step out of class to make a phone call.
According to Carol L. Tilley, a professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois, over 70% of teens have a cell phone, and a large percentage uses the text messaging feature.
She argues that instead of outlawing text messaging and other text-based messaging sites like Twitter, people should learn to incorporate that into their daily encounters with teens.
This goes for parents, too.
If you need to remind your kids about something while they’re at school, text them. It’s quick, simple, and to the point.
If you are against text messaging, Tilley says you may be fighting a losing battle.
It’s something to think about.
As a parent, do you make use of text messaging to communicate with your kids, or are you one of those parents who think that nothing good can come from impersonal means of communication? Share your thoughts below in the comments!