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Often, it's a useful alternative. 51 35.92%
Once in a while, when I have to (answer someone). 29 20.42%
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:23 AM   #41
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I commute via train and I believe it is courteous to others by not making a lot of noise. I only use the phone on the train when it is absolutly necessary... Do unto others and all that stuff...
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #42
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I do not text. Never had the texting capability until our son got a cell plan that included DW and me and texting. DW uses it quite often but I look at it as a waste of time because it takes me too long. Just all thumbs as they say. When we got on that plan I once sent a text to my granddaughter that said "LV YA". Took me about 5 minutes to pull that off. She replied and that was the last text I ever sent.

By the way, the last generation, is it called the silent generation because nobody talks to anyone? They just text? Really, is that the reason? Yesterday DW and I were at Panera's for lunch and I noticed couples sitting at tables, not talking, just texting and in general playing with their phones. Lot of silence in there.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:59 AM   #43
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Yes. It's the only thing that gets me a response from our children!
same here- almost instant
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I don't, but we don't have kids either, in which case we probably would.

This reminds me of why people accept new technologies into their daily lives. In the late '90's one of the secretaries administrative assistants used a desktop PC at work, connected to a noisy dot matrix printer, so that was the context in which she viewed a PC. Her husband wanted to get a computer and put it in the bedroom and she was vehemently opposed to that saying "I will not have that damn thing in my bedroom!"

When she found out she could get email and photos from her grandchildren in Oregon she wanted the computer on her side of the bed.
This reminds me of the latest big move for me, keeping the charger for the iPhone by the bed. I sometimes use it for an alarm clock, but the real reason is so I can check email and such first thing in the morning instead of that looooong walk to the plug by the front door where I used to keep it. I feel like this is similar to how people feel who put TVs in their bedroom!

I love texting. Hate talking on the phone. And I'm Gen X all the way, baby!
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:39 PM   #45
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PSA: Even if you do not text...

I've mentioned this before, but I think it bears repeating.

Even if you do not text, I suggest you do the following - add the texting email address of all important contacts to your address book on your computer. This would be the 10 digit phone #, plus the service provider's email address. Example:

9995551234 @ tmomail.net (T-Mobile)

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7775551234 @ vtext.com (Verizon), etc... you need to verify the address for their carrier.

[edit - I added spaces to the '@' so it wouldn't format them as links]

In an emergency, when lines are overloaded, texts will go through when voice calls won't connect, or when the voice is so choppy to be useless.

A text is the equivalent of just a fraction of a second of voice, and it can be delayed and still be valuable. This has been the case in several emergencies (we know people who have experienced it).

Even w/o an emergency, I find texting through email on the computer much easier than trying to do it on a phone. And learn to text on your phone, and have those numbers there - you may need it someday when voice is inoperable.


PS - Couldn't answer the poll, my selection would have been:

(X) Once in a while, when I have to (send a text to someone).

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Old 07-02-2012, 09:06 PM   #46
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:45 PM   #47
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I look at it as a waste of time because it takes me too long. Just all thumbs as they say. When we got on that plan I once sent a text to my granddaughter that said "LV YA".
I think this brings up a major point. Now, I type really well on keyboards and am adequate on the phone. I have an Android phone and use swype which makes texting easy. But, I was looking at my son the other day texting a friend (he texts about 3000 times per month) and his thumbs were just flying and he could type extremely rapidly. I think that for many in his generation texting is just very fast because of that.

I'm sort of in the middle. I can text reasonably rapidly but can type on a full keyboard much faster. But for someone like my mom she tried to do texting but really couldn't handle the typing part of it.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:02 PM   #48
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This morning on the radio Bob & Tom said that even texting isn't what it was. People are now using their I-phones to surf the web, play games and listen to music. I would have thought it was taking pictures.
I hate the phone and barely use it unless super necessary.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #49
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This morning on the radio Bob & Tom said that even texting isn't what it was. People are now using their I-phones to surf the web, play games and listen to music. I would have thought it was taking pictures.
I hate the phone and barely use it unless super necessary.
Guilty! I have never had a laptop or tablet and so I use my phone instead. I'm using it right now.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:22 PM   #50
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This morning on the radio Bob & Tom said that even texting isn't what it was. People are now using their I-phones to surf the web, play games and listen to music. I would have thought it was taking pictures.
I hate the phone and barely use it unless super necessary.
And this is why the new plans at Verizon give you unlimited talk time but what varies your cost is how much data you use. Basically people aren't doing that much talking on their phones. They are texting and otherwise using data. So now price varies based upon data usage not based upon how much you talk.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:09 AM   #51
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And this is why the new plans at Verizon give you unlimited talk time but what varies your cost is how much data you use. Basically people aren't doing that much talking on their phones. They are texting and otherwise using data. So now price varies based upon data usage not based upon how much you talk.
I remember reading about a 1980s design for cell phone bandwidth where they expected 95% of it to be voice and 5% would be for cell-tower techs to send short "text messages" to each other to keep the system running...
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Even w/o an emergency, I find texting through email on the computer much easier than trying to do it on a phone. And learn to text on your phone, and have those numbers there - you may need it someday when voice is inoperable.


PS - Couldn't answer the poll, my selection would have been:

(X) Once in a while, when I have to (send a text to someone).

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I ended up getting a phone with a keyboard to make texting easier, (not a smart phone still to cheap to spend the extra $30-$50 for the data plans). Two years ago I would have answered once in a while, but now I am probably sending one or so a day.

I have also gotten in the habit after exchanging 2 texts I call the person cause it is very inefficient way of communication. But for things like addresses, phone numbers, simple directions it is actually better than phone conversation.

Jane Hi Hun how was your day
Joe Ok but blah blah blah happened I am leaving in 30 minutes How was your day?
Jane Really great blah blah. Would you stop and pick XYZ at such and such shop.
Joe. That's great I am so excited for you. 10 minute conversation takes place..

Often Joe will forget the instructions, with a text not as often.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:56 AM   #53
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No. No cell phone either. I don't have a job that requires a cell, and I'm single with no kids. Just not into the constant communication that others seem to be: I never understand who everyone is talking to. I like e-mail and my little Asus tablet with keyboard accompanies me anywhere I think I might need to e-mail. I have always been phone shy for some reason.
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As I don't own a text machine, I can not/do not text.

I'm strictly a land-line-phone-using-deck-top-computer-utilizing ERer.

Does that make me old-school?
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I answered often. I text more often than I talk on phone, but talk on phone for more time daily. If I want to talk, sometimes I will text and ask "is this a good time?" I am not a good enough textter to have a satisfying conversation texting

I don't have landline; I have a querty phone with no contract but unlimited usage.

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If you can post to this forum you can text, a computer and email is a 'text machine'. See my post #45.


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Some examples of texting I've done recently.

1) texted nephew who works as a gaffer in LA. Answering a voice call on set would be grounds for firing... but he can text quietly... so it's the best way to reach him.
2) texted piano teacher to confirm lesson time for the kids. She's often with other students so this lets her answer at her convenience without interrupting her lessons.
3) texted my sister to wish her happy last day of school. She's a teacher. She can check her texts during the day much easier than checking voicemail.

Also found it great for when we're at disneyland and split up. You can text the other group when you get off the ride and the msg will be waiting for them when they get off their ride.
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I think this brings up a major point. Now, I type really well on keyboards and am adequate on the phone. I have an Android phone and use swype which makes texting easy. But, I was looking at my son the other day texting a friend (he texts about 3000 times per month) and his thumbs were just flying and he could type extremely rapidly. I think that for many in his generation texting is just very fast because of that.

I'm sort of in the middle. I can text reasonably rapidly but can type on a full keyboard much faster. But for someone like my mom she tried to do texting but really couldn't handle the typing part of it.
Come to think of it, I was way off base on my post about being "all thumbs" as a reason for not texting. Katsmeow reminded me that most people seem to use only their thumbs for texting. My bad.
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As I don't own a text machine, I can not/do not text.
I'm strictly a land-line-phone-using-deck-top-computer-utilizing ERer.
Does that make me old-school?
I think it makes you averse to being easily reachable 24/7 by your employer.

Each experience we've had with cell phones & texts has been under similarly adverse circumstances, and any reinforcement is usually negative. The last time I was texting, my Dad was in the hospital and I was scrambling with a geriatric care provider to find a skilled nursing facility for rehab.
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Also found it great for when we're at disneyland and split up. You can text the other group when you get off the ride and the msg will be waiting for them when they get off their ride.
That reminds me... last summer we were on vacation and I got separated from DH and the kids while we were in the Louvre. I was really panicked for a few minutes but DH and I texted each other and set up a place to meet. I could have called but calling was a lot more expensive than texting...
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