Journal 4: I remember when talking on the cell phone was a cool thing to do…
September 18, 2011, 12:23 am
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Texting is one of those trends that seem to never go away – like skinny jeans, animal prints and cowboy boots – even though more advanced technology is available to cell phone users. Texting has slowly won over voice calls, emails and any other form of communication (Facebook chat is close to texting, yet texting still has the edge). However, what’s wrong with calling? Why do people like to text so much?

Back in the day, having a beeper was one of the hippest things that existed – though the beeping noise was terrible. It meant business: If you had a beeper you were somebody. Now, cell phones have become the new trend. With increasing demand, smaller microprocessors, stronger batteries and better screen resolution, cell phones are little by little replacing objects that once were considered irreplaceable. Take computers for example. Nowadays, people use their cell phones to do most of the things that were impossible to do without a computer ten or twelve years ago (like spreadsheet calculations, text documents, browse the internet, etc.). Now, with a cell phone is even possible to run a small business! Just by downloading the right app and paying the not so right price (some of these apps are very expensive), a person can set up their portable office and do their accounting, pay their bills and even record their earnings for the day. Not so bad for a pocket device.

However, for some reason, the cell phone’s main purpose is getting laid off: talking is being taken over by texting. Isn’t this a draw back? Wasn’t texting old school technology? Being a cell phone such a powerful and innovative device, why do people prefer to text instead of talk on the cell phone? The answer is uncertain. What is very certain is that every day, billions of texts are sent throughout the globe.

Whether texting will be here to stay or not, only time will tell. For now, let’s try and fit whatever we have to say in the tiny hundred-and-sixty characters maximum a single text has to offer.


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