Technology and Stuttering 


Do you text more than you talk?  As someone who stutters, the written word always felt more powerful than the spoken word.  There are no hesitations, no funny looks as to what’s happening, no physical stuttering blocks when you’re typing.

Technology has done so much for the world of people who stutter, but is it all for the better?  People can have conversations via email, text messaging, or whatever social media platform you use.  While I think this is great for someone who might have otherwise been shy (or at least thought they were shy for fear of stuttering) but I wonder if technology can also be used as a crutch and excuse to get out of talking.  It’s so much easier to just text someone back, even if they called you and left you a voicemail.

Are you using technology out of convenience or fear?  Convenience can simply mean that it’s technically easier to text 5 people at once to make plans for something than it is to call and reach those 5 people.  It can save time and even elicit responses at a faster rate than a phone call.  Fear, on the other hand, can mean that you are avoiding the speaking situation for fear of having a block with your speech; fear of stuttering.  With technology so engrained in our lives, this can be a blurry line which you may not even notice.  We have gotten so used to the digital message that perhaps we just do it out of habit.  I wonder if people who stutter are talking less or more now with technology?  Talking less could be the result of fear, but talking more could be the result because of technology.  It’s easier to chat with other people and as a result we become more comfortable with ourselves, which has led to an increase in talking.

Personally I love technology and I love to talk.  I use either method depending on the situation of convenience, and throughout the years as the fear of stutteting diminished, I have no problem picking up the phone and calling someone.