Text messages are destroying America

I hate text messaging. I always have, and Iím pretty sure I always will. Thereís something about condensing the English language into as few keystrokes as possible and avoiding all the rules of grammar and punctuation that I find repulsive, but recently Iíve found even more reasons to hate the cell phone texting trend.

There are only a few things that I find as annoying as text messages. E-mail forwards, solicitors and bad drivers are on the top of the list, and thanks to modern technology, now all of those things can occur as a result of text messaging.

I was surprised when I started receiving text messages from telemarketers. Although they were mostly for things like ring tones and questionable ďdating services,Ē I wouldnít have expected anyone to start texting the offers to an array of cell phone users. It never occurred to me to register my cell phone number on the Do Not Call list, but after receiving multiple text messages advertising an array of services, I quickly did. So far, it seems to have worked; unfortunately, the Do Not Call list canít stop all the unwanted messages.

Iíve never understood the sentiment behind forwarded e-mails. To me the only message they send is, ďI didnít actually want to take the time to write you a message, but here is a generic, mass produced one that will give you bad luck unless you send it to your ten closest friends in the next ten minutes.Ē

When those forwarded messages are texted to you, I think they are even worse. The person sending you the message obviously has your phone number, a phone in front of them and, apparently, a lot of free time, but instead of calling to say hi, theyíre going to send you a boring message and insist that you continue sending it around.

The only thing that could possibly make these chronic texters worse, is if they are sending the pointless messages while trying to drive down a busy road. I will admit, I have occasionally answered my phone while driving down the road, but I draw the line at trying to compose and send a text while behind the wheel. I donít care if you think youíre the best driver in the world Ė for the record, the people who think that are generally the worst Ė looking at a little screen and typing a message is going to distract you from actually driving, and the potential for an accident is going to be huge, and Iím pretty sure itís not worth it to send a few forwards or to communicate something that would take half the time if you placed an old fashioned phone call.

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