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Texting works fine for its intended purpose

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by kara

Over the weekend my husband and I had to go home to Michigan and see his wonderful grandfather, who’s critically ill. It was a sad, strained, hastily-arranged trip, and as a result I found it necessary to communicate with several different people simultaneously.

Texting filled that bill to a ‘t’. It allowed me to update multiple people on our current location, via¬† short messages, all at the same time.

The most important part of that last sentence is “short messages.” I still don’t care for texting, and now I really know why. We all know brevity is not a defining characteristic for me, and that, combined with using a teeny little phone keypad to ‘type’, is what turns me off to texting. And SMS, or ‘short message service’ is exactly what texting was intended for, not the long-winded attempts at communication that I like to disgorge.

Express myself in 160 characters or less? Child, if I could do that, I’d have solved most of my life-long problems by now.

The Pumpkin keeps telling me that the tiny little flip phones we’re currently using are spectacularly unsuited for useful text communications. He says I would enjoy texting and web surfing tremendously on an iPhone or droid, but I think even typing on an iPad would be frustrating for me.

So I’ll admit that texting suited our needs this weekend, but I still don’t like it. I guess I’ll have to try it on an iPhone in January (when the iPhone comes to the Verizon network) and see if I like it better there.