Texting from the Cornfields

Fifteen-year old Kate Moore, from Des Moines, Iowa, won the US National Texting Championship. Moore sends 14,000 text messages a month and says that she uses texting as a way of studying for her exams. I’m not sure what I find most surprising: that her family is okay with footing the bill for fourteen THOUSAND text messages a month, or that there is a texting championship in the first place.

The AP article covering Moore’s texting success discussed some of the advantages of texting over calling, but while some of the reasons they covered are certainly valid, I’m not sure any of them can justify 14,000 texts a month. One reason struck me as particularly peculiar:

“You can get more of what you really truly want to say” across with texting, said the Syracuse University psychology major. “Especially if it’s an argument, you don’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing.

Alright, so you get more time to think about your response in a texting argument, but don’t we always complain that tone tends to be lost in email and SMS communication? Besides, just as the dumping someone over text is seen as cowardly, I’d argue that texting arguments are as well.

However, I do think that they brought up a very valid (and useful to note) point regarding such types of arguments:

“And if you don’t want to respond, you can always say, ‘Oh, I didn’t get your text.'”


~ by Nocturnal Discourse on 18 June 2009.

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