Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Texting—More Rant

For some reason this morning I was thinking about texting.

I had overheard someone at work ridiculing a co-worker (all in fun) about his excitement over an iPhone. They mocked him because he had said something like, "It can even tell you where you are!"

To which they replied, "Well, geeze don't you know where you are?"

Then they commented on how stupid texting is. I was thinking about how stupid texting is, how it's a giant step backwards in technology (I'm sure I've ranted about this before). Then suddenly, I had to pause for a moment. I remembered that I used to Text. It used to be a throw away feature to the phone, they all had it and nobody used it. It was FREE to receive texts and only cost money to send them. Unless you sent them from the internet. I used to be able to log into my Cell provider's website and send text messages to anyone on the service.

Now it costs me 25¢ a pop to send OR receive a text. I have no control over whether someone sends me a text, but I still get charged for it—until recently...they finally made it an option to block texts from coming in; so if you text me I'm not going to get it.

Sure you can add a texting plan—but that's what? Twenty more dollars on my bill. Even at 25¢ a pop I only spend about Five Dollars extra on a bad month due to unsolicited texts. I still maintain it's a ridiculous business model and a giant step backwards in technology. I have a PHONE in my pocket and yet you insist on sending me a telegram. That's not communication, that's avoidance of communication.

Kids and their telegrams these days.

I'll finish with a quote taken from the December 1900 Ladies Home Journal—the article entitled: What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years.

—There will be no C, X, or Q in our every day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unneccesary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will rank second.


  1. "Kids and their telegrams," Ha ha ha!
    You know I agree with you!
    I would prbably love texting if it was still free.

  2. Yeah, there's a commercial I just saw on tv where someone texts their friend and it says "Call Me" Now THAT is funny. Here is someone saying, I don't want to call you, but you call me and THEN I'll talk to you. Seriously, if you want to let someone know something that bad, just call them.

  3. Personally I like txting. For my job I spend a good deal of time with clients and co workers. Without txts I would be getting 3 second phone calls all day long. I get a lot of my daily tasks and instructions via txt & email. and since I'm not always able to get to my computer or even the internet. My phone has become my mini computer. I'd rather have a quick txt about someone being late rather then having to deal with a phone conversations. I think of the whole internet thing as sort of a high tech CB anyway.