Text messaging may be the newest form of addiction!

We tote our iPhones, LGs and BlackBerrys with us so we can contact anyone, anywhere, any time so we can be reached instantly. According to a recent survey, 138 million Americans have sent a text message in the past three months. 2.5 billion text messages are sent each day in the USA. The cell phone, in fact, is the most desired personal item today.

But have mobile devices become too much of a good thing? While they provide constant access to people and information, they also make us more anxious and demanding. There's no excuse anymore for missing a call, e-mail or text message. And a network glitch can wreck your entire day. "When you're having a text conversation and the service drops, it's like your whole world has ended," says a 19 year old college student. What are the rules with texting? Do you text that person you just met at the club the same night? Is texting the best way to introduce yourself? How about "sexting", are you sending sexually explicit messages?

These aren't the questions of an isolated few, but of the mobile majority. Our phones have become such a big part of how we're able to function that it begs the question: Are we addicted to our cells?

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Comment by Jam on February 4, 2010 at 9:00am
What was the world doing before mobile phones now called cell phone?
Comment by muLtiplying gRace on February 2, 2010 at 9:03pm
personally,,, i'm with Oprah,,, the car should be a "no phone zone" and when i saw the title of this, i [assumed] it was going to be about 'dying' to text,,,

since it's not, allow me to say this,,, a phone is a phone is a phone is a phone,,,, texting [writing] should be reserved for email, blogs, etc,,,,

seriously,,, you spend how much time having a conversation and could have completed the conversation in, oh, gee,,,, a whole lot less time with the advantage of voice fluctuations, a more personal connection, and isn't that what it's all about,,,?

please don't come back at me with the reminder about appts, dates, etc,,, these things should have been confirmed long before the text,,,, grinning here,,,,

oh, and the getting sexy part,,,??? well, that's a chapter in and of itself,,, reserved for a more personal venue,,,,:)
Comment by T.Mill on February 1, 2010 at 1:29pm
@monalove you said it best. I still carry tradition, and have adapted quite well to all new styles, trends etc......
Comment by grenetta on February 1, 2010 at 1:01pm
What are the rules with texting?

Know when not to text someone especially 2am in the dang morning!!!!!!!! Have common courtesy to know when it is too late to text someone.

Do you text that person you just met at the club the same night?

do not do the club scene and if I did I would not be texting in no club

Is texting the best way to introduce yourself?

No it is not it. Nothing can take the place of meeting someone and introducing yourself.

How about "sexting", are you sending sexually explicit messages?

Only to the one I want to sex and pictures too My man will be a happy man on that phone ;)
Comment by LadyCafeauLait on February 1, 2010 at 11:04am
I don't participate in texting unless it is an absolute necessity. As a matter of fact, unless my hubby gave me the cellphone that I have--I wouldn't have one. There's nothing so important that can't wait until I reach either home or work to see about it. And I'm an IT professional who works with computers daily. It's just that I feel we all need to slow down some and go back to what's real. This immediate gratification syndrome is tantamount to giving a baby a bottle every time he cries--it just spoils them. Stop the madness!!!


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