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Can you live without texting ?

Posted on Monday, 1 October, 2012 | Comment icon 71 comments | News tip by: Hilander

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In an ever more connected world have mobile phones become more of an obsession than a convenience ?

A recent study has revealed the extent of our tendency to spend time using mobile phones, or more specifically, the penchant for sending text messages. More than ninety percent of Americans own a mobile, connecting together modern society more than ever before. Everywhere you go you are likely to find people texting on their phones; whether they be walking down the street, standing in a bus queue or even attending a funeral. Nowhere ( aside from at the wheel ) seems to be an inappropriate place to send a text message.

Has the art of a face to face conversation been lost ? Is our obsession with mobile phones and texting really an 'epidemic' as some have suggested ?

"We can't take our eyes off the things, even when we should! Security cameras caught a poor woman walking, with confidence, straight into a fountain."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #62 Posted by Ryegrog on 6 October, 2012, 4:23
To me it's an addiction. If college students go nuts for 24 hours without it then it's comparable to a smoker without his/her cigarette.
Comment icon #63 Posted by Hilander on 7 October, 2012, 1:43
I know people that as soon as they are on break they are on the phone, texting, calling someone that they just saw. When its time to go home they will either be texting or calling someone before they even get their car started. A lot of them are calling the same person. I would run out of things to talk about.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Ryegrog on 7 October, 2012, 15:10
One of my pet peeves is when I go out with a friend or relative to a restaurant to eat out and make good conversation and they get on there cellphone talking and texting. I find that rude.
Comment icon #65 Posted by regeneratia on 16 October, 2012, 16:31
I don't text routinely. I think I have texted about twenty times in my life. braodband and phone packages are pretty cheap in the USA. I don't do sell phones much (misspell intentional). Only when I travel and the battary is always out of it until I want to use it.
Comment icon #66 Posted by Purplos on 16 October, 2012, 17:09
I never understood why people want to chatter at each other so much. If I want to socialize, I'll attend or throw a social event. If I need to tell someone something, I"ll call them from home when I have time. I'd hate people thinking they had access to me 24/7. "If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, their brains start working.” -- Douglas Adams .... except now it's thumbs instead of lips apparently. I don't own a cell phone and have never sent a text.
Comment icon #67 Posted by lizzieboo on 16 October, 2012, 17:23
I don't know how to compose or send a text message. It's a miracle that I can read them. I'm a Luddite.
Comment icon #68 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 16 October, 2012, 18:15
I can, and have so many times. lol
Comment icon #69 Posted by Maestro on 16 October, 2012, 19:15
I could live without texting, but why would one want to? We are living in a new age of near total connection. Communication with nearly anyone is possible now within seconds. This is the future. It's glorious and wonderful! Ideas, emotions, worries, cares, information, video, sound... all of it can be communicated instantly and almost anywhere. That's a pretty amazing thing.
Comment icon #70 Posted by Tommy13 on 18 October, 2012, 14:35
Hyper-texting evolving our telepathic skills evolve telokenitic skills= keep texting

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