April 25, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Cell phone text messaging had been around in Asia and Europe long before it reached the United States. And for others parts of the world, text messaging is a way of life. After a slow start for it to catch on in the U.S., text messaging has now exploded in popularity--especially with the younger folks. However, I've seen older folks like my mother and father-in-law who text their fingers off to oversea relatives and they do it quite often--to save on long distance calls. For me, I find text messaging at times quite useful--when my daughter was born last year I took a photo of her using my cell phone and text messaged all my family and friends a description all at the same time. But for the most part, text messaging remains a dormant feature on my cell phone as my text messaging skills are pitiful and an agonizing task. But boy let me tell ya, I have seen some text messaging teens go at it and does practice make perfect! They can peck at those keys so fast, that they can complete a message and send it before I can dial and say hello--just incredible! But enough of what I think, what do you think of text messaging? Young or old, or anywhere in between, join us in the latest Make the Call discussion, and share with us what you think of text messaging. Is it cool and useful to you, or is it just a waste of time? Do you consider it impersonal, tedious, and frustrating? Whatever your opinion, give us your thoughts and all the reasons behind them. We're all ears!
This week's hot topic:
Text messaging cool or a waste of time?
In the latest Make the Call discussion, we asked our members if text messaging is cool or just a waste of time? Young or old, many of our members have come to the discussion to speak their minds and told us what they think.
"Extremely tactile tool"
"The answer to the question is rather subjective. It depends on WHAT u want to communicate. For eg, if u wanna describe ur latest vacation, it only makes sense to call up the person. However, if u have to give a 'message' or have a direct question, i guess text-msg is a nice tool. Following are the advantages..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member z5r.nxs"Dumb or dumber"
"Text messaging, except for a few situations where it is an essential mode of communication (hearing impaired users, sending addresses and data that are too complex to read over a phone,) is dumb. I think kids love it because they can text "UR2Kewl" to one another in class, but for most users it's another service..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member fsonline"Yet another way for telcos to pull a few more pennies."
"Let's see now: Keypad on cell phones suck. Carriers charge a premium to send. Carriers charge to receive. Screen size on cell phones suck. Eats up minutes of connection time. I could continue on ad nauseum but why waste the keystrokes (grin)? My opinion is the service is a rather cumbersome and very..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member LostValley"The Text Age--Get with the times"
"I feel that most of these comments posted here are by people too lazy or unaware to usefully utilize text messaging service. My cell phone has a full qwerty and I can honestly say I end up texting about as much as I actually call people. I receive about as many texts..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member StefanScoon"Cool, fantastic and definitely useful - why?"
"Well, as most people don't realize that text messaging is mainly used by deaf people including myself, it's one of the greatest way of communicating to anybody (both deaf and hearing). You can't make devices for 'perfect people' because there are a lot of people out there who have disabilities..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member WoolaSpeak up!
Here's your chance to tell us if you think text messaging is cool or just a waste of time? Read the comments by our members in the latest Make the Call discussion, and give us your own opinion.
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