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To Text or Not to Text

Updated on November 5, 2011

Over the past decade we have seen the declining hand-written letter give way to the email message. In many ways this was the end of an era. However, just like the telegraph bowing out and making way for the telephone, we should always accept change and embrace progress.

Now there seems to be yet another transition. It appears that eMail is now considered old fashion by some and is giving way to texting. Sure texting has been around for a couple of years but now it is commonplace for kids to send and receive a couple of thousand texts per month!

When I recently upgraded my daughter’s cell phone plan to include a data package, the sales representative wisely advised me to purchase the “unlimited texting” option for a couple of extra bucks a month. Little did I know how smart of an investment that would be!

After receiving the first bill, I was amazed to see that my daughter had text over 2,400 messages within a month! Little did I know she had just gotten started! It seems all of her friends had just as much to say- and a lot more! Thousands and thousands of messages flying through the air by the second!

Not wanting to seem “uncool” I asked few questions and acted like I knew exactly what texting was all about. That was until a few weeks later when we were out to dinner with the family. As the maitre-d seated us, my daughter said hello to a friend who was sitting directly in the booth behind us – back to back with my daughter.

Later, as we began eating our appetizers, I noticed my daughter was texting under the table. I immediately asked who she was talking with. I was dumfounded to learn she was texting with her same friend who was sitting right behind her!

Not sure what to think, I foolishly asked why she would she just not turn around and speak to her friend? It was then that reality hit me when she replied, “Dad, you are so old-fashioned”. Hoping that no one heard our exchange, I immediately went back to eating my fried mozzarella sticks.

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    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      They text to people sitting next to them so their conversations can be private (i.e., talk about someone else in the room with them). I text with my kids and some others, but I prefer email or phone calls. However, texting can be convenient for a quick, need-an-answer-on-the-spot, question.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      It may be still early to tell what damaging effect this is having on the social development of our youth.

    • KevinC9998 profile imageAUTHOR

      KevinC9998 

      7 years ago

      Victoria: Thanks for the feedback and glad that you enjoyed my hub. I have written a couple of other humorous hubs that I hope you enjoy! Kevin

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I gave you a funny and voted up. That was so cute! I don't understand the obsessions with texting. It drives me crazy when I'm out with friends and they are continually checking their phones and responding to texts. I'm like, "Okay, who are you out with right now????" I like your hub, and I like the topics I see listed that you have written about. I plan to follow and read more. Thanks.

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