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Agent
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What's the point of texting people? Whenever I see people doing it, it's during a time they shouldn't be. So is there any practical use for it? It's as if these palm-length gadgets are going to destroy the English language.

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Texting is an efficient way to send a message to someone with out using up minutes on your phone. you can also send pictures and stuff. Files maybe.

To answer the other part of your question, people text when they're not supposed to because they are retarded. Hopefully they only kill themselves when they're going 80 down the freeway.

What I want to know is why texting is abbriviated TXT. It removes one freaking letter! Removing the vowels from words doesn't make them cool!

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You think that's bad? Around here it is called "SMSen" (SMS = text message), and pronounced "simsen". When I hear that word, I want to strangle someone.

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You can lean some of the dangers of texting at the end of this movie.

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Texting is fun..it's a quick way of communication..costs less (well..here it does..), and is easy to do..

The only thing I hate about texting is that it used almost for every single thing..now is that a good thing or a bad thing? BAD! It's used for the times when your voice must be the one who does the speaking..not a text character..@_@

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quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

What's the point of texting people? Whenever I see people doing it, it's during a time they shouldn't be. So is there any practical use for it? It's as if these palm-length gadgets are going to destroy the English language.
It's supposed to be good for sending a quick message. I dunno, I'm a neo-Luddite who hates cell phones and as a result has never had one and doesn't really plan on getting one.
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It also includes deaf people in the mobile phone revolution.

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In Holland we also call it a "SMS", and we pronounce it just like that: S-M-S. I hardly use it, but I find it usefull, since I won't disturb people when they're too busy to start answering a phone call. Also, if their phone is switched off, I can be sure they get the SMS and send one back once they read it.

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I send them semi-regularly, usually because I don't want to have a 5 minute chat with somebody when all I want to say is the train was late.

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Texting means almost everything here..birthday greetings, invitations, death threats, bomb threats..all can be done through texting..

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quote:
Originally written by Azuma:

bomb threats
So ASU now has an emergency text messaging system for things like when the Memorial Union bursts into flames. Of course, you don't get the message until five hours after the fire is put out.

Good thing they had those fire sprinklers. Oh wait, they didn't.

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I've never sent or received a single text message in my life. Nor can I even begin to interpret the ungodly pile of gibberish people use and laughingly call it communication.

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quote:
Originally written by Andraste:

quote:
Originally written by Azuma:

bomb threats
So ASU now has an emergency text messaging system for things like when the Memorial Union bursts into flames. Of course, you don't get the message until five hours after the fire is put out.

Good thing they had those fire sprinklers. Oh wait, they didn't.

Then there's the problem for people like me (and apparently Imban), where we don't have cell phones.
"Oh sucks for you. You don't have a cell, so you die."

I'm gonna get a cell phone, but it'll be used for sending and receiving phone calls. And each call will probably be under a minute anyway, because I hate talking on the phone.

What bugs me is how it's pretty much an assumption that everyone has a cell phone already.

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Text messaging is also useful because it requires only a short burst of connection instead of a long time for a conversation. If either you or the person you need to talk to is getting terrible reception, a text message can be great.

—Alorael, who has a cell phone so that he can call people and be called wherever he happens to be. This is deliberate. Wherever is not the same as whenever, though, and apparently his decision to either turn his phone off sometimes or, shockingly, not answer is entirely unacceptable in this modern world.
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I often have my 'phone off for long periods of time too.

I also know a person who doesn't have a mobile 'phone. When people used to say "what happens if you need to get in touch with somebody in an emergency?" he'd just reply "well, everybody around me has one I can borrow if I need one badly enough." Which is the perfect argument, I guess, unless other people use the same idea...

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All of my friends and I have unlimited txting but not unlimited minutes. So that means that we txt until the night time and weekend minutes kick in.

The only down side to txting is when people txt and drive, it's the equivalent of drinking and driving in my mind.

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I've always found my desire to converse far more limiting than my minutes.

—Alorael, who sometimes considers responding to text messages with snail mail.
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quote:
Originally written by Rowen:

drinking and driving in my mind.
That's about the only safe place for that activity. Man, I had this dream last night. I was absolutely wasted and had to get home so I drove and crashed and was Life Flighted to the medical center and left there a quad and then I woke up and I was all better. Miracle of modern science.

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I hate text messaging because all the people I know consider text messaging the same thing as instant messaging and I do not want to sit around waiting for my phone to beep. But now I don't have a cell phone so it's no longer a problem.

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It's a convenient way to converse with my friends when a call is either not necessary or is not appropriate at the time.

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quote:
the people I know consider text messaging the same thing as instant messaging and I do not want to sit around waiting for my phone to beep.
Some of my friends friends do the same with email, and get annoyed when I don't answer in an hour. I then make a point of waiting a while before responding to their messages and telling them to call or use IM if they want immediate feedback. I am a socially impaired nerd who can usually get away with this without looking deliberately rude.
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I play quite a few NwN online Role-Play servers. The people on them are useually polite, friendly, intelligent and respectful. They have one problem.

They use TXT speak, not only on //OOC chat, but in common everyday RP, in character.

I get banned quite a lot from these servers, as when I hear people talk like this I generally draw my uber GreatSword 12+ 2d12 Negative Energy damage and kill everyone in the near vacinity, raise them, kill them again, loot their corpses then kill the spawned level 60 NPC guards. Then I get warped to the DM court area, and charged in TXT speak, to which I generally say things that do not fit my normal temprement.

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It's just another evolving language. Why so much angst about another means of expression?

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quote:
Originally written by Lt. Sullust:

It's just another evolving language. Why so much angst about another means of expression?
Because it's nothing more than a language born out of laziness.

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Thralni, as much as I despise text speak, it's hard to hate the users. They aren't necessarily lazy, just focussed. If this is a new language/spelling system, then it will stand on its own merits or disappear. Either way, I won't use it, but it's hardly bothersome. There is still a time and place for everything, and I flash my high beams at people texting from their cars. After the initial swerve, they get the message, and I never even had to text them! :D

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