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Growth in Text Messaging? I Know Why

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According to an article in The New York Times, the number of text messages transmitted in the United States grew by more than 80 percent over the 12 months ended in June. 

I can vouch for this. My text messaging grew by more than 80 percent over the past 12 months. That’s because I just started texting this year. So, I went from 0 text messages 12 months ago to about 200 a month. I don’t even know how to calculate that increase.

The article said that “no single factor perfectly explains the steep growth in texting.”  I know what explains the growth in texting: B.S.

Let’s take a look at some of my recent outgoing messages:


“No rush”

“Got your message”

“Will be there at 12:30 with food.”

Did I really need to send those messages? I didn’t need to send them a year ago.

The most useless and inane text message (and one that I am guilty of sending several times a day) has got to be “:-)” Most text messages, one could argue, replace phone calls. I have never called a person on the phone and just smiled. Well, not since 7th grade.  

Texting has removed our natural B.S. filter. We used to think twice before calling someone up and saying something stupid. Now, we think, “I can’t call my brother just to tell him this stupid nonsense – I‘ll text him!”  However, whether you call or text, stupid is stupid.



Written by Wayne

November 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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  1. If I had your phone #, I would have replied via text. Maybe next time. 🙂



    December 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    • Texting is great for me. I’ve been texting for………10 years total, but I haven’t texted as much as I do now for that long. I would explain my text increase with the shear increase of people (I was so tempted to type “ppl” lol) having cell phones. Back in 2002, only a few of my friends and fam had cell phones, so I couldn’t text much. But now that everyone has one it’s very awesome. See, my thing is, I don’t feel the need to pick up the phone and ask you ONE thing. I don’t feel the need to call you to respond to your question (like my mom does LOL). If the situation can be a “asked and answered” thing then I’m texting. However, I hate it when I’m texting with people who hate phones period and will only text! I don’t want to read and respond to a 12 message message text just because you don’t like talking on the phone lol. That’s straight up ridiculous!


      May 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

      • You are so right! I like texting, but the people who do nothing BUT text are annoying!

        Thanks for your comment!

        Wayne E.

        May 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

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