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The Merit of Text Messaging

About a year ago my brother and I were discussing the merits of text messaging. He said it is good to use to send a message to someone you need to send a message to but don’t necessarily want to talk to. I agreed a little too enthusiastically in the presence of my wife who said “Hey, you text me all the time!”. At the time, she was a doubter but has since been converted. Text messaging or texting is way more than avoiding conversations: texting is far superior to placing conventional phone calls. That statement is so self-evident that I would not think it needs further explanation. After visiting with some friends this weekend, I discovered that the merits of texting are not as universally accepted or realized as I believed.

About 85% of phone calls I receive could be replaced with texts. I am not an important person, but I do a lot and I do not like to be interrupted. I do, however, like to keep in touch with friends and family and I like to take part in spur-of-the-moment activities. Call my mobile phone and many times I don’t answer because I’m doing something that can’t be interrupted by a phone call. Email me and I may not get your message for a few minutes. Send me a text and I can see what you’ve got to say and quickly respond with a much smaller interruption to what I’m doing without the idle chat and platitudes required by phone conversations. I can respond while sitting in a meeting or class, during a changeover in tennis or nearly any time when I have my phone and a signal. Simply put, texting is more efficient.

Nikki said,

July 10, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

While texting may be the most convient way for some people to contact their friends/prevent interruptions in a busy schedule….it is an added expense to those of us who prefer the old fashioned phone conversations (already in our existing plans)/emails (free) and do not have a texting plan. Simply put…. email or call the Fers (we would love to hear from you all more often)! Thanks! It was good to visit with you all this past weekend:) Take care!

Andrew said,

July 10, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

mebboguest88268 = Nikki

[15:16] meeboguest88268: so do you do this blog thing on the side?
[15:17] ahelms10: yep, its just for fun
[15:17] meeboguest88268: how do you have the time?
[15:17] ahelms10: I txt instead of talking on the phone
[15:17] meeboguest88268: hahaha…funny guy

Big Bad Leroy Brown said,

October 25, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

now that you are texting, you have that much more free time? That is a pretty good ROI! Me, personnally, it takes me longer to text a message than to call someone. I’ll blame it on my stubby fingers and lack of texting skills.

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