Do you do it? I think I might send about 2 text messages a month, although I can do a flurry of them as a joke on rare occasions.
However, the opening lines of a New York Times article about it really floored me:
They do it late at night when their parents are asleep. They do it in restaurants and while crossing busy streets. They do it in the classroom with their hands behind their backs. They do it so much their thumbs hurt.
Spurred by the unlimited texting plans offered by carriers such as AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Co. — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier.
I know that among my colleagues, we are all flabbergasted at how kids can send text messages under the dinner table without looking once at their mobile phone.
Are kids honing other skills that may lead to the extermination of adults because we just can't adapt?
I have a terrible phone phobia, I hate, hate, hate talking on the phone so I often text to make/confirm plans which is all I really use the phone for. Its great for me as my hatred of speaking of the phone can be overcome - yay!
I probably send about 5 a day "what time you be at the station/are you picking up fat pants/can you pic up some bread" that kind of thing.
Oh and when Mr Star is at work late I usually text him a photo of Lil Star saying good night, soppy cow
I do hate those to55ers that text all day long and at tables in restaurants and when you are talking to them.
Stop being such pompous snobs you two. There's nothing wrong with using the medium of texting. Granted, those that are on it seemingly ALL the time are eejits, but it serves a purpose.
On average, it's a lot cheaper to text somebody if it is, for example, a perfunctory thing like arranging to meet or something. Texting "See at xxxxx aroun 8pm" or something like that is a lot cheaper and quicker than using the mobile to call and discuss the issue in most cases.
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.
well i only have a prepaid card on my phone, so if i want to give only a quick information on something, it is much cheaper to text. like, let's say, when i go to my bf's town i will text him when i am half an hour away, so he knows when to expect me (and maybe pick me up at the train station).
also the advantage of getting texted is, that you have less pressure to react immediately. if i can't answer the phone just then, i have to call back later on, not even knowing if something important is going on or someone just wanted to say hello. with a text message i can read it when i find the time and then react accordingly.
but of course there are also occasions when calling is more appropriate.
Texting became a vital communication tool during and after Hurricane Katrina because it was almost impossible to reach anyone via voice phone for several days. Of course the cell phone people made a fortune off of it although I heard that one company gave huge breaks to people within a certain range. I rarely if ever use it but certainly can see its merits. I do know people who go overboard with it,young people in particular.
I guess I COULD text, but my cell phone is a prepaid Tracfone, so though I pay no monthly fees and have no contract, the minutes all cost when I use them.
I did try to send a text once but changed my mind and cancelled it. Forever after I kept getting text messages - that I had to pay for - saying that I had an unsent text message. Which I could never find and delete. Didn't stop till I got a new phone.
As a volunteer at two museums and a nature center, I see my share of thank you notes. You would not believe how poorly some 5th graders spell. Lately though, the mispellings look suspiciously like text-speak. I'm not sure these kids are any more literate, however, than the ones who just plain can't spell.
I am lol(laughing out loud). My two granddaughters text all the time, they can be in their rooms, their Dad yells at them, no answer so he picks up his phone and texts them in their rooms!!!!! One cell phone bill was 589 pages long. They have a special all inclusive rate. I am relenting and going to trade my phone in for a full keyboard, sorry!!! It's self defense!!!
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
well in some years it will be something else i suppose...
but as for text speak - i would say it depends. text speak for the sake of it, and ununderstandable stuff is annoying. but if i want to cram all information into one message, i do sometimes write "u" instead of "you" etc. especially since i seem to constantly find myself in the situation of having only just enough money for one or two more texts on my phone...
The city council of Missoula, Montana, just passed a law banning texting and cell phone use while driving or bicycling. I support it, though many look at it as an infringement of their god-given right to be an idiot!
This is similar to the opposition to drinkng whilst driving, which was abolished only a couple years ago in Montana. Mainly to keep receiving federal highway monies....
Post by distantshores on Jun 10, 2009 17:15:44 GMT
I send text messages almost everyday myself. It's very efficient for me when I don't actually need to talk with the person on the other end. I also have a daughter who lives 2 hours away and sometimes I'll send her a short note during the day telling her I'm thinking of her or that I love her. My duty as a Dad! And I have several friends and clients that I'll send a confirmation text to about lunch or an appointment. But I don't overdo it and I text BEFORE I drive!!!
I used to text a lot. In the Netherands the Vodafone contract gave me 300 text messages a month and I used them all. In Turkey I also texted a lot cause I could only get pre-paid which is rather expensive and therefore I tried to avoid making phonecalls. Texting also caters my phone-phobia, I hate calling people and texting is low-level communication that doesn't come with too much human interaction.
Btw, I was totally surprised that in the US people use their mobiles to call and text all the time while driving! The Netherlands has a fairly strict law on this and you get high fines if you are caught using your mobile while driving. Here in Germany I also don't see people doing that and the majority seems to understand that it makes traffic safer. It was totally beyond me why this is not forbidden in the US and I'm quite sure that a large number of traffic accidents are the result of someone driving and texting/calling.