I Don't Text.
A lot of people have had a hand in the history of electronic communications. Some names are more familiar than others like Samuel Morse for example. Inventions include the telegraph, teletypewriter, ticker tape machines, fax machines, fiber optics, analog and digital cell phones.
After a major snow storm in the early 90s, I decided a cell phone would be good for emergencies and purchased one. It was called a bag phone with a huge battery by today’s standards and the charge might have lasted a couple of hours. It was big and bulky but fit on my truck’s front seat just fine. Every year after the phones became smaller and smaller while the battery life increased. Near the turn of the century my phone had a great feature that allowed me to stay in contact with other people that had a similar phone utilizing a feature similar to a two way radio which was less expensive than actually making a call.
Camera phones became a big deal and eventually video was added. Blue Tooth and hands free technology soon was the thing. My current phone does more than I need and has in fact replaced my hone phone as my main line of communication with the rest of the world. It even has a great GPS system available for a small fee.
My question is this; what’s so great about texting? I thought the whole idea behind smaller, more powerful cell phones was to talk...talk being the operative word here to someone else. So, they aren’t available to take your call…leave a voice mail…voice mail…voice…talk. I type pretty well for a guy. Not perfectly mind you but decently. Thank goodness for spell check and other correcting options in most word processors. But I can call my friend over a thousand miles away and speak to him…speak much quicker than trying to type on a tiny little keyboard whose keys represent more than one letter. Besides, I was under the impression that we were supposed to be advancing technologically. To me, texting is nothing more than a modern teletype machine.