My little bro confirmed for me yesterday (via text, the only way we communicate) that these kids today do not talk on the telephone. He’s 16, and he likes to consult with me for relationship advice, via text, although, let’s note, as I’m single and 38, I might not be the best source. Yet, he enjoys my “girl perspective.”
At any rate, so there’s a girl, blah blah blah, and I said, “You know, this is the sort of thing that would be handled by phone when I was a teenager.” He lol’ed at me, because he only talks on the phone to his mother, apparently. But the point is: the phone is SO GOOD for hashing out dumb teenaged “do you like me? should we go out?” stuff! I feel like some retro-loving teen should bring this back, because it’s a pain in the ass to talk in person about such matters, AND texting is just not adequate to handle it.
(Little Bro does not agree. But he is wrong. In spite of the fact that he is so awesome in so many other ways. He basically dissed the girl by text tonight, for what it’s worth. He screen-captured the interchange for me. For serious.)
Little Bro is DELIGHTFUL in oh so many ways, but I do fear that a) I have way too much influence over his thoughts about relationships and b) that he will never be able to communicate verbally with a woman.