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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 00:12

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the text message.

Now the question is – should we celebrate it and wish for another 20 strong years, or should we wish for the speedy death of the form of communication that has destroyed the English language as known by previous generations?
Obviously you will get varying answers depending if you ask a senior citizen or a teenager, but for those in between the answer can still be elusive.

The text message is, without a doubt, a valuable tool. Being able to quickly communicate with someone without having to drop everything you are doing and expecting another person to do the same at a particular moment comes in very handy – but a society that spends more time speaking with their thumbs than their mouths creates a new generation of problems.

Family, once extremely important, seems to be dwindling in the days where it is increasingly easy to move away from the area you were raised. Even the most homesick find it relatively easy to get over their anxiety with the ability to text, tweet or Facebook their favorite family member any time they would like.

But with this comes shorter communications, often lacking any real meaning. Even the words are shorter as we more and more often bastardize words by turning them into textspeak such as OMG (oh my goodness), JK (just kidding) and LOL (laughing out loud).

Now it may not be fair to blame text messages, our society as a whole seems to be getting more and more lazy, but it definitely plays a role by making it all too easy to avoid any real conversation – because the very effort of having to call or go to see someone actually causes us to do more than lay on the couch and twiddle our thumbs.

Around six billion short message service messages are sent every day in the United States according to Forrester Research – with over 2.2 trillion sent each year. If that keeps growing we could very well turn into the people from “Wall-E.”

So put down the phone for a bit, actually leave your house to talk to a friend or family member and enjoy a little life before we are completely taken over by our machine overlords.


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