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Old 04-20-2010, 12:44 PM   #21
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I'm sure 50% of those texts are one or two word dumb things like, "huh, yeah", "hehe", "duh" and "cool."...do those count? =b
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I'm sure 50% of those texts are one or two word dumb things like, "huh, yeah", "hehe", "duh" and "cool."...do those count? =b
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I had to google some of these... POS may mean "parents over shoulder" to texters, but to me it means something entirely different...
Let's go with Parents over shoulder, since I know what you were thinking.

I've found that the average cell phone coversation may last about a couple minutes while txting can last for hours. Funny thing is........ultimately, the point of the message is the same. But then I shouldn't judge right.
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I'm sure 50% of those texts are one or two word dumb things like, "huh, yeah", "hehe", "duh" and "cool."...do those count? =b
Well, yeah.
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Holy Toledo! What happened to... talking? Is it too 20th century?
Recently texting overcame talking as a means of cell phone communications.

Our kid's school requires them to turn off their cell phones and not talk on them during class time. So how else do they get around that?

When her group is planning a get-together they'll easily eat up 50 texts figuring out where & when. 200 texts/month is durance vile for her. 400/month is about right. The next increment up from 200 on her iPhone contract is 1500, but that's her funding problem.

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I had to google some of these... POS may mean "parents over shoulder" to texters, but to me it means something entirely different...
"Point of sale", right?
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Several years ago in my small town a few citizens lodged a complaint against city council members and some city employees for texting during council meetings saying that they were strategizing via text to control the flow of the meeting and various parliamentary actions. They went so far as to file a public records request for phone records pertaining to meetings. Turns out the council members also had teenage kids and sitter issues, etc. (just like the rest of us) and were managing family issues during long meetings via text.
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I think it's an addiction/sickness for some. Example, I was at a dance recital for my daughter this weekend and when the lights dimmed, probably close to half in attendance had there cell phones out texting,surfing,gaming,etc. Between scenes, phones light back up and it all began again. Sad in my opinion.
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In other words, you wouldn't make a phone call to say. "ILY", "POS", "LOL", or would you?
Maybe POS.

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I have to ask people, "you do text, right?" Texting is soooo much easier than the phone calls (that I can barely hear the other person!) that makes no sense. Texting keeps the point focused (meet u @ 2 in cafeteria) No conversational b/s that only belongs in my social conversations. (how are you, what's going on, blah blah blah - I like that stuff with my friends - or when I physically rendzevous with the person at the other end of my texting. Age 40, and I average 400 texts per month.
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Typical texts:

"OMG"

"U R bad"

"Am not"

"LOL"

"Wha"?

"IDK"

"Sup"?

"IDK"

"Hez POS"

"YUP"!

"OMG"!

"YUP"

"BYE"

"C YA"

100 a day seems on the low side with that kind of communication going on........
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I don't see any real difference between texting and the primary form of communication used back when I was employed - IMs. They do sort of allow you to multitask and give you a little more control over when to respond (vs. telephone conversations). Of course, since multitasking in general has been proven to decrease productivity it's probably not that great an idea. Personally, I think each form of "new" communication (email, IMs, texting) has made actual communication and productivity less effective, at least in the work environment. But then, I am a bit of a luddite myself.
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I don't see any real difference between texting and the primary form of communication used back when I was employed - IMs. They do sort of allow you to multitask and give you a little more control over when to respond (vs. telephone conversations). Of course, since multitasking in general has been proven to decrease productivity it's probably not that great an idea. Personally, I think each form of "new" communication (email, IMs, texting) has made actual communication and productivity less effective, at least in the work environment. But then, I am a bit of a luddite myself.
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Well, I technically don't "text" but I do "IM" my DH quite a bit (around 20x/day). Does that count?

I just find it much more convenient since if I phone him at work, someone usually drops by his desk and he has to hang up on me .
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My older son texts all the time. We do have an unlimited text plan. Younger son texts a moderate amount. I occasionally text mostly when I want to tell DH something when he is at work but don't want to call him when he might be with other people and know he won't necessarily read emails
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Forty years ago we all probably figured the future was the 'picture phone'. Now kids are almost back to Morse Code. When do we get those flying cars?

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A couple of years ago, Letterman had two teens texting compete with two geezers sending morse code on his show. The morse code guys beat the texting kids by a wide margin. Definitely faster to use Morse.

When I communicate with other amateur radio hobbiests around the world with Morse, we send at about 150 characters per minute and use abbrevations similar to texting. Can't come anywhere near that speed pushing keys on my cell phone, especially when you throw in some numbers and punctuation.

Of course, it's a lot easier to carry a cell phone along than a whole shortwave radio station!

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