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AAAHHHHHHH!!!!
I debated even adding this one to the list, but after what happened at work today, it not only makes the cut but gets bumped up as well.

TEXTING



Why?

At work today, I spent more than 30 minutes trying (and failing) not to listen to a co-worker on the other side of my cubicle wall talking to an unidentified male (either her husband or step son, I learned later from a trusted colleague). Doubtless thinking herself clever, she was leaning close to the wall on her side, as though trying to hide the fact that she was having this stupid conversation. This of course had the effect of amplifying both sides of the discussion for my benefit.

It was essentially a half-hour nag session, and one of the topics was the other party's overuse of his cell phone's text messaging feature. Apparently the lad in question had racked up something like 80 text messages in just a couple of days, most if not all to the same person. Some of the text messages apparently were stuff like we might share in IM chat, such as "LOL" or ":D" and such, which of course cost just as much per message to send or receive as full length diatribes written in a language we actually can understand.

The entire conversation only served to hammer home the point that -- to me, at least -- the text messaging feature on cell phones is utterly retarded.

You've got a phone in your hand, dumbass! Just call your fellow dumbass, rather than engaging in the 21st century version of passing notes in school. And while we're on the subject, when did "text" and "texting" become verbs, anyway? I'm not even going to get into the entire phonefreak shorthand that's evolved from the practice, which has only served to make regular Internet slang seem like Latin in comparison.

mov it 2 d lst? gr8!

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( 8 comments — Lay it on me )
farmishtphoenix
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
It has its uses. You've apparently never received a filthy text from the missus while in a meeting. Makes it all worthwhile.
daytonward
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
It's more fun to slip a handwritten note into the dayplanner or pursewhere you know they'll find it. More personal that way, too. :)
farmishtphoenix
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
That works too. But I still say it has uses. It's not always practical for me to call someone or for someone to call me, but might be necessary to convey brief, vital information. I find text messaging to be ideal for these circumstances.

I do get where you're coming from; the prevalence of texting in lieu of actual communication is deplorable and silly, but an occasional text while I'm in a meeting or any venue where I can't necessarily make or receive calls is quite convenient.
daytonward
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's the use of text messages like IMs on the Internet that's stupid...and expensive. Of course, that was the cause of the day's drama...said step son was blowing out the phone bill with his idiocy, and Mommy was pissed. My solutions in these cases tend to be simple: Take the phone, smack the back of his head, and tell him you're keeping it until he starts kicking in for his portion of the bill. Voila.
farmishtphoenix
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's stupid and unnecessary to be racking up big charges for crap like that; I had the hardest time convincing my sister's idiot kid of this, and finally had to take his phone away.

And, with packages like 1000 texts for $10, you have to really try to run over the limit.
daytonward
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Never underestimate the capacity for stupidity in your fellow human.
farmishtphoenix
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
If there were only some way to harness the Power of Stupid... America's #1 Renewable Resource.
psiqueue
Feb. 9th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
I have to back UP Farmer's statement..
I have done both the little handwritten porn love note thing, and the dirty text thing..

One has the immediate effect of "oh really?!? You think you can do that..."
And the other has the surprise that night as she shows up much she appreciates the little love note...


(Although it is when you find a note, hidden in abook, two years AFTER you are divorced that does seem to lose some of the impact it would have had otherwise...
I wonder if I can cash in this coupin..there is no expiration date and it does promise....
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