I was sitting on a couch the other day at the Wilkinson Center at BYU, and a deaf couple came and sat next to me on the couch. From their facial expressions and bursts of laughter, they were having what appeared to be a very fun conversation.
Later, they both pulled out phones with a querty keypad and started messaging each other. I’ve never seen anyone type so fast with their thumbs. Then it occured to me. Technology is changing the fundamental ways that we communicate with each other. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to not be able to communicate with the majority of the people around me. Text messaging now breaks down that barrier, and lets these people communicate freely with those that don’t sign. I can only imagine that text messaging will break down more barriers of communication as people will be able to have their messages translated for people who speak other languages.