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Why Text Messaging Is Annoying

Updated on March 13, 2011

Text Messaging is Relentless

There are many, many reasons why sending text messages in public is one of the most annoying, counterproductive things that a human can do, but I will touch on just a few of those reasons.

The first is that it's everywhere, and that relentlessness is cutting into everyone's daily functions. You can't get in line behind someone anymore because they are texting and not paying attention. You can't have a conversation because the other person will get 10 text messages while you are talking. People make service people wait while they finish sending a text. The urge to fit into the texting crown and to text everyone and anyone is so overwhelming that it's making everyday tasks far more difficult for everyone.

Texting is Boring

If you send text messages all the time, you are boring. I don't care what the situation is, I don't care how "important" these people are that you are texting- you are a boring person. To stop being boring, put down the phone and actually do something. You can interact with the people around you, eat an uninterrupted meal or pick up a damn book and actually read it. it will not be written in little omg msgs tht r made shorter for your simple mind. Instead, they will be actual words that may have merit and will not be forgotten within 10 minutes. 

Texters Are Missing Out on LIfe

I have seen people miss a ridiculous amount of things because they were glued to their little phones. I have actually seen people wait in line for half an hour at Disney World to get on a ride. And when they got on it, they immediately started texting people, squinting their eyes against the dark spectacle of the ride in order to see the screen better.

I've seen people go to their children's sporting events, dance rehearsals and other activities and then use that time to send people text messages. I've seen people sit at lovely dinners with their extended families and spend the time sending out texts.

Who could have been that important in any of these instances? I simply don't understand who all of these people are constantly texting. Is it a couple of friends who just won't go away? Is it catching up on Twitter messages and staying connected to it constantly? Is it random people who are inundating you with marketing? Here's a tip- stop sending text messages. If you don't send them, people will stop sending them to you. None of these messages are anything that you will miss. I promise.

Living a Full Life Vs. Texting All Day

Staring at a screen while you're at home, that I can understand. When you're out in the world? Not so much. People watching and simply soaking in the environment around you is one of the great pastimes that humans have always engaged in. Having time to be alone with your thoughts is a great way to relax, use your imagination and to make plans for the future. When you compare all of that to sending omg msgs 2 ppl 24/7, there's really no comparison.

The bottom line is, you get to choose whether you are a boring texter who never says or does anything memorable and never notices the world around them, or you can put the phone down and actually live your life. The choice is yours.


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      Anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a friend who i hang out with and she is always texting and it gets annoying because she could never stop its like she is programmed to text. I like texting but when people are addicted to it there just in another world and i feel like im not important to her.

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      Aaron 7 years ago

      I don't have a problem with texting itself, it's just how much or when it's done. With anything, there is an etiquette to follow. People who text all day long or text when they're with live humans are obnoxious. On the plus side, it's cut down on all the loud and inane cell phone conversations in public.

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      Wi. Dave 7 years ago

      I have actually stopped doing things with a few long time friends who have texting addictions. There is nothing more annoying than going to a concert, movie, dinner etc., and have someone spend the whole time texting. It is not only annoying, but it"s rude! I have a friend who I duck hunted with for years and I have stopped inviting him to go with me because in the duck blind he literally will spend 2 to 3 hours texting non stop. It's basically like I'm sitting there by myself. I never could understand who in the hell he could be texting at 6, 7 and 8 o'clock in morning. I had a friend who was a heroin addict, and I have come believe texting addicts seem to have many of the same traits. They are both annoying and rude, and could care less about those around them. I also feel that if you a 35 year old man and you have to send 50 plus meaningless texts a day, you a are pathetic!

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      Beaks 7 years ago from USA

      Well, unfortunately for us, we have to be around the texters all the time. WE have to try to get their attention when we need something. We have to ask them repeatedly to look up so that we can finish a conversation. We have to constantly deal with the rudeness during meals, shopping trips and everywhere else.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Texting R US... I do not prefer texting. It is different. If it works for others: great...