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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.



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November 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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