Debi Drecksler

About the Author

Debi Drecksler's passion is writing for and about the "guy on the street."

Previously a columnist for The Asheville Citizen Times, Rapid River Magazine, and Savvy Discounts, Debi also created and hosted a radio talk show called "You've Been Caught... Being Nice!"

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“I started reading Alexandra’s Adventure and couldn’t stop until I gobbled it up! It is such a sad, sweet, engaging story, told wonderfully. Your words evoke some beautiful images.” David N

“I thought it was really creative and I love the way you write. I was able to picture the details just as you described them.” Samantha R

Is Verbal Communication Becoming Extinct?

Let me start by saying…I love the internet. How else would I have this website? I enjoy social media and I appreciate modern technology.

Great… Now with THAT out of the way, hopefully it will eliminate any negative response to this blog! angry-faceThis is about TALKING…To each other…On the telephone or in person. I’ll even include Skype and G chat on this list.

people talking on phone


I’m concerned that people are losing the ability to communicate verbally. Let’s take the last few years for example.  Many people who used to verbally communicate with others now choose to communicate via email, text or social media UNLESS it is an emergency! I think it is very sad that the desire to hear someone’s voice has taken a back seat to a quick message on a computer or cell phone. (I am excluding  Mothers from this list because I don’t know a single Mother who prefers a text message from their child (of any age) over an actual phone call! Our last words as they walk out of the house are, “Don’t forget to call me!”)

I can’t help thinking that people will just stop spending QUALITY time with each other. Online dating services will change as people create profiles that read something like this. “Attractive, intelligent female would like to meet a nice guy for some texting. Must have strong fingers and a reliable phone. Could lead to a possible facebook relationship!”

I worry about future generations. What if people forget how to talk? I’m serious….If you don’t use it, you lose it? Maybe things will go backwards and people will end up just grunting and groaning at each other like millions of years ago!!

Prehistoric man

Language is like a piece of fertile land being used to grow crops. It needs to be cultivated so that it can thrive. If the land is ignored, the crops will die.


They say that cursive writing will soon be extinct because of the computer. Many school systems have already eliminated it from their curriculum. (This is another subject entirely. I just threw it in because it aggravates me!)

Cursive handwriting


Will TALKING be next? I hope not!





Debi Nevel received poor marks in self control all through elementary school. Her teachers wrote, “Debi is very smart, creative and outgoing but she needs to stop talking so much!”  Debi took her ability to verbally communicate and used it to her advantage becoming a language arts teacher, drama coach and public speaker. She also talked her way into her first professional writing job and has written hundreds of articles, stories and blogs. Her greatest achievement was producing 4 children who haven’t forgotten how to pick up a telephone and call their Mother!
























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6 comments to Is Verbal Communication Becoming Extinct?

  • So should I leave a comment or call? 🙂

  • debidrecksler

    VERY funny!

  • This is such an important topic! Too many of us have lost the art (and craft) of communicating face to face and in ways that are direct but unhurtful, not to mention, courteous. It’s critical in our relationships, critical in our professional lives, and critical for expressing what we want and need and bridging gaps that form communities.

    I’m glad you raised the issue of writing (handwriting) as well. We seem to be increasingly convinced that we need to put ipads in the hands of school kids rather than pencil and paper. The act of writing (instrument to the physical page) is far more conducive to real learning than any interaction with a keyboard.

    We’re going in the wrong direction – which doesn’t mean eliminating our technology assets, only managing them, rather than the other way around.

  • debidrecksler

    Thank-you for your comment! You’ve brought up some good points!


  • Fun, and true! I even find myself preferring to text or hide behind social media at times – but am almost relieved when I am forced to meet face-to-face (which I have to do as I interview people for feature stories and advertorials). On another note, I, too, received, “Pam needs to learn self-control” in addition to, “Pam needs to respect the rights of others” on my report card. I must have been a handful in first grade!

  • I think your first grade teacher would be very proud of the creative, grown-up Pam. Thanks for your comment. Debi

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