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Old 08-16-2010, 01:54 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Me, too. I'm almost 40 and I prefer texting to all other forms of contact.
Isn't that just a nice way of saying you enjoy giving folks the finger (thumb)?

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Old 08-16-2010, 01:54 PM   #62
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It is interesting that my kids rarely use email. They have email but don't hang on it like I do. One of the people I work with (age 30) texts a lot. I did ask him why do that rather than call. He feels that calling is more intrusive and is also more time consuming. A text someone can read when they have a chance and it doesn't interrupt them if they are in a meeting, etc. It is more immediate and more conversational than, say, an email.

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Old 08-16-2010, 02:04 PM   #63
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Still not texting or even emailing much. I send perhaps 5 text messages per months and less than 20 personal emails per year. It's not that I don't have friends and family to keep in touch with, it's just that I'd rather talk than type when possible. So I like to pick up the phone and call people. Maybe they find me annoying...
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:20 PM   #64
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Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
you guys make me feel so young.

my wife is also not able to have a phone conversation that is less than 10 minutes, so texts are perfect.
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:05 PM   #65
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My brother feels that texting is a plot to destroy the English language, and hence an immoral activity.

I text with a few people, only average 5 - 10 per day. However, I always use full words, proper spelling, and correct grammar (to the best of my ability). Just my little protest.

Personally, we've gotten into video Skyping recently every few days as a better way to visit with DD and DGD. It's pretty nice, better than a phone call for making you feel closer to that person. And it's free.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:45 PM   #66
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Age 52 here and never send text messages. I can barely type with two fingers so two thumbs just isn't happening.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:24 PM   #67
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Originally Posted by FIREdreamer View Post
1 in 3 teens sends 100+ text messages per day and 1 in 2 teens sends 50+ text messages per day!
Holy Toledo! What happened to... talking? Is it too 20th century?
Having watched our teen try to coordinate with 4-5 friends for an after-school meeting, I can only imagine the ringing phones, voicemail retrieval delays, and and other chaos that would ensue if they tried to place voice calls.

Texts never go to voice mail. Your textee has time to think before reacting to them. You can carry on a "conversation" with several people before arriving at a consensus.

They're also frequently at a place where they can't let their phones ring/vibrate or where they can't talk out loud. By the time they're out of school (or largely out of parental hearing) the habit has been set.

I don't carry a cell phone, but I'll send a text/e-mail to our kid through our e-mail SMS gateway when she's out with friends yet there's an issue that needs her attention before returning home. Leaving a voicemail just doesn't cut it when you can leave a detailed text.

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Old 08-18-2010, 06:05 AM   #68
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Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
You guys make me feel so young.
Uh, maybe because U R?

From one over twice your age (and no, I don't text either...)
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