Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Do's and Don'ts of Text Messaging

As Spiderman’s Uncle Ben once said, “Peter, I think I’ll take the bus today.”

Wait, no.  Sorry.  He said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”  And then he got his car jacked and died.

 "This man just asked if I'm DTF.  I am, right?" (Image)
Regardless, in an age increasingly full of technology, the need to use the resources at our fingertips with the utmost responsibility has never been greater.  Text messaging, which is one of those things that people under the age of 40 could do in their sleep and that people over the age of 40 are pretty sure is witchcraft, has become both a blessing and a curse for many of us.  It allows us to communicate quickly and efficiently in times when a phone call may not be appropriate or our carrier pigeon is on the fritz. 

However, it could also be argued that text messaging helps to limit the amount of time we spend communicating  face to face, subsequently undermining our interpersonal skills and necessity to have actual human interaction.  To prove my point, I’m willing to admit that I once had a romantic relationship that was entirely through text message.  And to unprove my point, that’s a lie.  But it sounded pretty plausible didn’t it?  Stand up and hoot like an owl if I fooled you.  I sincerely hope you’re in public.

With all that said, I feel that it’s necessary that we all agree on a set of guidelines which highlight the do's and don’ts of texting.  Please read the following carefully, and then pass along to your friends via messages of 160 characters or less.